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Police: Couple endangered 2 young children

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HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County couple has been arrested for endangering the welfare of their young children.

West Manheim Township police said 34-year-old Kimberly H. Goldsmith left a 6-year-old girl in her husband's care while knowing that 39-year-old Robert L. Goldsmith Jr. was highly intoxicated.

Officers had gone to the couple's house on Saint Georgia Drive on Sunday after witnesses reported a 1-year-old boy was alone on a sidewalk near the home.

Several people who returned the child to the Goldsmith home told officers they saw Robert drinking beer and falling into a garage wall as he staggered back inside the house, police said.

The witnesses told officers they knocked on the front door for several minutes before a 6-year-old girl answered, and that Kimberly eventually came to the door and said she would have noticed boy was missing in "a minute or two," police said.

When the investigating officer arrived at the home, police said he found that Kimberly had taken the boy and was shopping in Maryland, leaving the 6-year-old in Robert's care.

Robert was found to have defecated on himself and the floor, was highly intoxicated, had difficulty standing, walking and talking, police said.

He also insisted the toddler was upstairs and asked where Kimberly was, police said.

Kimberly was contacted by phone and insisted her husband was fine to watch the girl when she left to go shopping, police said.

York County Children and Youth took emergency custody of the children.

Robert and Kimberly Goldsmith were arrested at their home Monday and sent to York County Prison on two counts each of endangering the welfare of children.

Robert's bail was set at $20,000 and Kimberly's was set at $10,000.

 

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