Couple held on child-endangerment charges

Posted: May 27, 2012

A Levittown couple were being held Saturday on children-endangerment charges after, authorities said, they left their two preschool children home alone while they spent time at the Parx casino in Bensalem.

Ryan Feyh, 30, and Nicole Donahue, 25, were arrested about 2 a.m. Friday when they returned to their apartment to find a police officer with the children, ages 2 and 4, according to Middletown Township police.

The younger child wandered away from the apartment complex and was found crying in the parking lot of the nearby Giant grocery store, said Robert Brosius, the arresting officer.

Robert Bannon, 30, of Bristol Borough, discovered the toddler and called 911 shortly after midnight Thursday. Bannon said he and his girlfriend, Rachel Aubrey, 25, heard a "blood-curdling" scream as they came out of the Giant, then spotted a boy in a polo shirt and plaid shorts. The child appeared to be trying to enter the store, as if he’d been there before, Bannon said.

He picked up the child, assuming the parents were nearby. But it soon became clear that the boy was alone, and may have gone across a small footbridge linking the parking lot to a nearby apartment complex. "He fell asleep in my arms," Bannon said. "He took to me pretty well for some reason."

Brosius arrived at the grocery lot, then walked over to the apartment complex. "There was an apartment with an open door. We saw a picture on the wall" of the child, he said.

Brosius found a neighbor who contacted Feyh and Donahue on their cellphone.

When they got home, they seemed "upset," Brosius said.

The two were arraigned Saturday morning before District Judge C. Robert Roth and were being held at the Bucks County jail pending a preliminary hearing. They failed to make the bail, set at 10 percent of $100,000.

Contact Marie McCullough at 215-854-2720, or @repopter on Twitter. Angelo Fichera contributed to this article.

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