Carlisle couple charged with child endangerment

Carlisle/West Shore

A Carlisle couple is charged with endangering the welfare of children after their 3-year-old son was found more than two blocks from his home last week.

Samuel J. Johnson Jr., 45, fell asleep Wednesday afternoon while he was watching the boy along with his 11-year-old and 8-month-old siblings, police said.

When Johnson awoke, the 3-year-old had already been away from the house for an unknown period of time. Johnson then left the other children in the house while he and the children’s mother, Shaunice Hendon, went looking for their missing son.

Investigators said the couple made no attempt to contact police.

Officers received a call that a young child was chasing a dog on a sidewalk with no adult around. The officers found the boy unharmed about 30 minutes later.

He was returned to the custody of his parents. 

Hendon, 30, and Johnson are each charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children.

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