Man charged in theft, child neglect Boy was left alone in car 3 1/2 hours SOUTHEAST * Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

A Sykesville man faces child neglect and other crimina charges after he allegedly gave his 4-year-old son a stolen candy bar and left the boy alone in a car at an Eldersburg gas station.

The suspect, who state police identified as Jerome Mark Horner, 32, of the 6100 block of Timdan Court, was arrested when he returned to the car 3 1/2 hours later, police reported.


The incident prompted state police Tfc. L. A. Lucas to charge Mr. Horner with child neglect, possession of PCP, resisting arrest and theft, according to court papers filed late Monday in District Court in Westminster.

Mr. Horner was released yesterday on $25,000 bond, court officials said.


Police said they were called to the Eldersburg Crown Gas station on Liberty Road about 12:45 p.m. Monday by the attendant, Robert A. McGonigal, after a man allegedly walked out of the store without paying for a pack of cigarettes and a candy bar.

Investigators said Mr. Horner walked to a car on the parking lot, gave the candy bar to a boy sitting in the car, then walked east on Route 26.

Police said the boy identified the man as his father, but was unable to provide them with his home address.

The boy, Michael S. Horner, was turned over to Carroll County social services authorities, who later released the boy to his grandfather, police reported.

Trooper Lucas said the man returned for his car about 4:15 p.m. and resisted arrest when police approached him.

The trooper found PCP in a pocket when he searched the suspect, according to court papers.

Mr. Horner was held overnight in the Carroll County Detention Center before he was able to post bond.