York police arrested a man after two young children were found playing in the street. The person tasked with watching them was found unconscious in a hotel room, reportedly passed out on drugs.
Trenton Lamont Bracey II, 24, faces two charges of unlawful neglect of a child after his Thursday arrest.
Officers were called to the Knights Inn on U.S. 321 around 6:30 p.m. after two children, ages 3 and 4, were spotted by residents trying to cross the road in front of the hotel on their own. One man told officers the little girl, with a small boy following close behind, was almost struck by a tractor trailer before others staying at the inn got the children out of the road.
Witnesses directed police to the room they believed the children were staying in. There, an officer found Bracey unconscious on the bed and was unable to wake him even as he shook and shouted at him. When Bracey finally woke up, EMS was called to evaluate him.
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Bracey reportedly told police he takes medication for diabetes, but also admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking a beer before taking custody of the children from his fiance and another woman, the children’s mothers. A white pill labeled “Xanax” was also located on the hotel room floor.
Bracey’s behavior is described in the incident report as “lethargic and slow moving,” with “slow and slurred” speech. He showed an inability to keep his balance and stumbled around the room while attempting to walk, the report states. An officer tested Bracey and determined he appeared to be intoxicated.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the York County Detention Center, where he is being held on $10,000 bond.