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Woman Left Tots in Dirty Bensalem Motel Room, Police Say

A Philadelphia woman faces three counts of child endangerment after she allegedly left three young children in a filthy Bensalem motel room.

A Philadelphia woman faces three counts of child endangerment after she allegedly left three young children in a filthy Bensalem motel room.
A Philadelphia woman faces three counts of child endangerment after she allegedly left three young children in a filthy Bensalem motel room.
A 22-year-old Philadelphia woman has been charged with child endangerment after police said she left her six-week-old baby, along with her two toddlers, in an "unsanitary" Bensalem motel room by themselves. 

Marchia Ilene-Shafiqa Dean, of the 1000 block of Kerper Street in Philadelphia, has been arrested and charged with three counts of child endangerment. 

Police allege that Dean left her six-week-old baby, her 3-year-old and her 15-month-old unattended in a dirty motel room at Neshaminy Motor Inn "for at least 45 minutes" while she went to pawn a ring and buy some food on the afternoon of Dec. 7.

A woman staying in the room directly above the children told police she heard "several babies" crying for an hour and heard them yelling for their "mommy," according to court documents. The woman contacted the front desk and knocked on the door where Dean's children were staying and a "small child" answered, according to court documents. 

Police said the room was in disarray and unsanitary. Food and trash were seen on the floor and bed, according to court documents. The children's clothes were dirty and their diapers needed to be changed. 

Dean is free after posting $10,000 unsecured bail. She awaits a preliminary hearing in district court tentatively set for Feb. 13. 
Susan January 09, 2014 at 01:05 PM
they need to close that dump down!!
Narrah January 09, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I agree Susan, but it will never happen as long as the mayor and BTPD allow it to be in existence. This woman also needs a lot of help, and I hope and pray she gets it. Theresa, have you head anything on the children, and how they are doing. Is ANYTHING being done to help the mother and her children. Please contact me at jael4yeshua@aim.com to let me know.
stephanie price January 28, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Oh and closing the hotel would of stopped it from happening? It would of just been in a different hotel/motel. WOW. how about the mother needs some type of help!
Narrah January 28, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Stephanie, EVERY last one of these scummy hotels along Route 1 need to be shut down. This way it would NEVER have happened. As I stated before it won't because these allowed to be in existence, by the mayor and the BTPD. I am still praying this poor woman got some help, and that she and her children can heal.

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