Children, 7 and 9, found abandoned in Cherry Hill

Brother and sister discovered by detective in field near Patapsco Ave.

April 06, 2004|By Lynn Anderson and Richard Irwin | Lynn Anderson and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A brother and sister were abandoned yesterday in a muddy field in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood, and their father has been charged, police said.

An unidentified police detective - in pursuit of a suspect in an unrelated robbery - found the children huddled in fetal positions in the field near Patapsco Avenue in midafternoon, police said.

The children, a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, were dressed in winter coats. They were chilled but otherwise unharmed in the windy and cold conditions there, said Baltimore Police Agent Donny Moses, a department spokesman.

The father - identified as 27-year-old Konstantinos "Coast" Syropoulos of the first block of Millbridge Court in the White Marsh area, was arrested and charged with child neglect. He was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing last night.

The mother could not be located, and the children were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services, police said.

"It's horrendous; you're jeopardizing the safety of those children," police Maj. Roger Bergeron told television news reporters in an evening briefing at the Southern District station. "There's wild animals out there. ... It's terrible and will not be tolerated in the city of Baltimore."

When the children were discovered, they told police that their father had left them alone in the field, which borders a busy transit corridor and railroad tracks.

The children gave police a brief description of their father, which was broadcast to patrol officers.

When Syropoulos was arrested, he was about to get into a vehicle, Moses said, but was unable to elaborate.

Moses said Syropoulos has a record of arrests for possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs.

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