York man held without bail in shooting death of 5-year-old boy


YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The York County Coroner’s office has released the name of a 5-year-old boy who died after a shooting in York.

Elias Dowlatram died from a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is pending the ongoing investigation, Coroner Pam Gay said in a news release Wednesday.

“There’s no words that explain my feelings. There’s no words I could say,” Elias’ mother, Cassandra Dellinger said. “I don’t wish this on anybody.”

Police have charged 27-year-old Adrian Moye with two felony counts of child endangerment. They said he left a loaded gun accessible to the 5-year-old and a 7-year-old.

Moye told police he left both children alone in a vehicle while he went to the front door of 258 East Philadelphia Street. When he came out, he said he found the 5-year-old boy unconscious with “blood everywhere,” according to charging documents.

Surveillance video, however, contradicts his statement and indicates Moye failed to call 911 for several minutes, police said in a criminal complaint.

The video shows Moye parking a Saturn SUV near 258 East Philadelphia and carrying the “lifeless child” to the front porch just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Moye placed the child on the porch and walked back to the SUV, then returned to the boy and picked him up. He carried the boy into the home but quickly returned outside, carried him toward the SUV, then walked several yards up the street before returning to the Saturn and driving away, the complaint states.

The 7-year-old child can be seen walking with Moye in the video.

A witness reported that they overheard Moye talking with the boy’s mother, telling her that the child shot himself with a gun.

“You do not do such a stupid, horrible thing, endangering children,” York Mayor Michael Helfrich said. “If there are those that are not intelligent enough to know that, then they shouldn’t be in possession of guns.”

“There’s never any excuse for leaving a gun in a car with a child. “I don’t care what it is,” Helfrich said.

Moye admitted to police that he was the last adult in charge of providing care for Dowlataram before his death. The complaint does not disclose his relationship to the child.

“It is a very complicated case that includes multiple witnesses and children who have just gone through extremely traumatic experiences,” Helfrich said. “So, they need to be handled in a completely different way by professionals who are very, very experienced in interviewing children with trauma.”

Police said when they searched Moye’s home, they found a loaded 9mm handgun as well as suspected crack and powder cocaine. Moye is not allowed to possess a gun because of previous drug convictions in 2010 and 2013, according to the complaint.

Moye is additionally charged with drug possession with intent to deliver and illegal possession of a firearm.

He is being held at York County Prison without bail because he is a “danger to society,” online court records state.

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