Man enters guilty plea in neglect of children

City man faces 2 years for abandoning 2 in field

October 15, 2004|By Jill Rosen | Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to leaving his girlfriend's young children alone in a field last spring while he allegedly went to buy drugs.

Konstantin Syropoulos, 28, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to two counts of "contributing to child in need of assistance status," a neglect-related misdemeanor charge. He faces a maximum of two years in jail. Circuit Judge John M. Glynn scheduled sentencing for Dec. 8.

Police arrested Syropoulos on April 5 in Cherry Hill after discovering a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in the fetal position in some weeds, crying.

Assistant State's Attorney Arcelia Green said the girl told police that "their father" told them to wait there. The owner of a nearby auto repair shop told police that the children often were left in the area, known for heroin dealing, while Syropoulos bought drugs.

The children were not injured. Syropoulos is not their father; he had a relationship with their mother, Amanda Blevins.

Syropoulos' mother, who was in court for the plea hearing, declined comment. Syropoulos' attorney, David B. Shapiro, called the two-year sentence maximum appropriate, saying the case had been "blown way out of proportion." Syropoulos initially faced 30 years in prison.

Syropoulos is being held on $10,000 bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

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