GENEVA – A mother and father from Geneva have pleaded guilty to endangering the life or health of a child, a misdemeanor, related to leaving their children outside in cold weather, Kane County court records show.
Ernest R. Nishi, 44, and his wife, Anna M. Nishi, 43, of the 100 block of Syril Drive, Geneva, will be under court supervision through Jan. 15, 2019, and must complete drug and alcohol evaluations, show proof of the evaluations, follow all recommendations and not have any other criminal violations, court records show.
The Nishis are scheduled to appear in branch court April 17.
The Nishis were charged Nov. 17 stemming from an incident Nov. 14, in which they left their two sons, age 8 and 10, outside after school for an hour when the outdoor temperature was 48 degrees Fahrenheit, according to court records.
The charging documents state both parents were in an intoxicated state, did not respond to knocking on doors and were in no physical condition to care for the children.
A neighbor called police when they saw that the children could not get into their house, Police Cmdr. Julie Nash stated in an email.
“The children came home and were not let into the house because the parents were ‘passed out’ due to intoxication,” Nash’s email stated. “Ultimately [the Department of Children and Family Services] determined that the children could stay with the father.”