Babysitter Abandons Kids To Burglarize Home

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PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI)-Two small children were caught in the middle of a bizarre series of crimes in Pine Lawn Saturday afternoon.  Pine Lawn police say their mother went to work leaving them in the care of her boyfriend, 27-year old Lyle Deloch.

Shortly before 2pm a 9-1-1 call alerted police to a home burglary in progress in the 4300 block of Ravenwood across the street from where Deloch was babysitting the children, ages four and eight.

Patrolmen arrived and blocked in a suspect's car.  But he drove at one of the police cars striking it and then led police on a high speed chase through several St. Louis County municipalities and into St. Louis city.

The suspect lost control of the car on the Riverview ramp to I-270 east bound.  He fled, leading police on a foot chase.  Officers captured the man and identified him as Lyle Deloch.  They said he left the youngsters on their own.

"The children were pretty shaken up," said Sgt. Steve Blakeney of the Pine Lawn Police Department.  Police found a small amount of drugs in the home in the open.

"When Mr. Deloch decided to go on a crime spree and a high speed chase he left the children in the house by themselves with the drug paraphernalia and drugs.  He's going to be charged for that."

Police are also looking for a second suspect in the burglary.

Sunday Pine Lawn police will seek warrants against Deloch from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney.  They plan to ask that he be held without bond.  "Mr. Deloch is a very dangerous man," said Sgt. Blakeney.

They will seek five charges: assault first on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting by flight, burglary second, felony leaving the scene and child endangerment.
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