Ellwood City Man Facing Endangering Welfare of Children Charges

Charles Ray Murray, 38, of Ellwood City, is facing charges after leaving four young children at home without any adult supervision while he went out to play cards.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Murray’s Crescent Avenue residence by the biological mother of his children after she was talked to their 11-year-old over the phone who stated they were unsupervised in the residence.

Murray had agreed to watch his three children, ages 11, 9, and 7, and also a friend’s seven-week-old baby on the night he went out to play cards with friends, leaving the children for several hours before being requested to come home by the police. The report states the 11-year-old was scared and crying.

Upon arriving at the house, Murray stated that his 11 year old was capable enough to watch the younger kids and to take care of the seven-week-old baby, who was covered in a blanket and swinging in an automatic glider.

CYS was called to the scene and Murray is facing four counts of endangering the welfare of children.

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