A mom abandoned her severely disabled son in the woods for five days so she could go visit her lover. The Chicago Tribune reports that a woman left her 21-year-old quadriplegic son in a wooded area near Philadelphia on Monday then boarded a bus to headed for Montgomery County, Maryland.
The young man’s school noticed him missing from class and called his aunt. Authorities contacted the mother, but she lied and said he was with her and her boyfriend in Maryland. Later on, a passerby noticed her son about 100 yards into the woods from a Philadelphia roadway Friday night, NBC Philadelphia reports. The 21-year-old — who has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal — was found lying in leaves and covered with a blanket. There was a wheelchair and a bible near him. He reportedly was in bad weather that was full of rain and cold while he was in the woods for five entire days. Police are shocked he lived through the harsh elements.
Police say the son isn’t able to communicate, so he couldn’t explain how he got where he was. Authorities realized his mother abandoned him Monday before she left to see her boyfriend in Maryland.
The unidentified quadriplegic was hospitalized for dehydration, malnutrition, a cut to his back, and multiple eye injuries, Lt. John Walker said. He’s currently in “stable condition.”
Walker said it’s a heartbreaking case and hard to believe another human, “especially a mother, could treat someone like that.” He said the woman’s son was exposed to various dangers while on his own.
“A lot of things could have happened out there. Obviously he’s in the middle of a wooded area. You have wild animals there… this kid could not defend himself. He does not function at all.”
Several of the victim’s aunts are at his bedside and are being interviewed about his medical history. He’s completely dependent on others for his survival and is unable to care for himself at all. His mother was taking care of him before she abandoned him. She also has another son who’s 16-years-old. He, too, is with family members.
NBC Philadelphia identifies the quadriplegic’s mother as Nyia Parler. Eight hours after police found the young man, his mother still hadn’t returned. A warrant for Parler’s arrest is out and she’ll being charged with “aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care-dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and false imprisonment,” according to the report.
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