Police: Couple left toddlers home alone

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Pair faces wanton endangerment charges

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown couple was arrested Sunday night after allegedly leaving their 2-year-old and 11-month-old children unattended at home.


Christopher M. Nyborg, 21, and Danielle R. Nyborg, 22, are charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Elizabethtown police responded around 8:20 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Ruby Drive in reference to a child neglect allegation, according to a news release from Elizabethtown Police Department.

A witness saw the couple leave and knew the two children still were inside, according to police.

After knocking on the door and announcing their presence, EPD officers found the door unlocked and entered the home.

“The 2-year-old was asleep and the 11-month-old was screaming and crying,” the release reads. “There was no one else in the residence.”

EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said the parents left to go to Walmart.

About 5 to 10 minutes after police found the children alone, the parents returned, police said. They were taken to the police department where they were interviewed.

Child Protective Services came to the department as well and officials determined the children should be placed in foster care, according to the police report.

As of Monday afternoon, Christopher Nyborg remained lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond.

Danielle Nyborg was released around 12:30 p.m. Monday on a $2,500 cash bond, according to jail records.

They were arraigned via video feed Monday in Hardin District Court and are scheduled to appear again Sept. 26 for preliminary hearings.

First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.