Not everyone is cut out to be a parent. Sometimes people simply don’t have the caring disposition that makes a parent a parent, and then, of course, there are those parents who take their addictions over their children. It is extremely unfortunate for the children who are born into families that are unfit or are simply unable to care for them.
While one young boy was unlucky that he was born to unfit parents, he was lucky in the fact that he was found and saved by a FedEx worker. At around 11:30 am on Friday morning, a FedEx delivery man discovered a five-year-old boy abandoned in a filthy apartment in the Bronx, which wasn’t even an acceptable place for an adult to live, let alone a young, helpless child.
The FedEx worker asked the young boy if his parents were home to sign for the package. When he responded that they weren’t home, the worker knew that something wasn’t right. He proceeded to flag down a cop who had been in the area and the young boy told the officers that his parents had been gone since the previous night. The officers had to break open the door and what they saw on the other side was appalling.
The walls were smeared with blood, feces, dead and rodents, bed bugs and maggots were all over the apartment. There was no food in the fridge.
Officers soon discovered that the parents had three other children, a 15-year-old boy, 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl, who were also absent from the house.
Both parents were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child immediately. The mother is a 48-year-old nurse and she was arrested at work and the father who claimed that the boy was feeling ill and didn’t go to school but could completely take care of himself is 59-year-old Wilfred Lewis, who works at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a technology trainer.
Their other three children are currently being held at the Administration for Children’s Services, which had apparently been in contact with the family in the past.
“We are working with the NYPD to investigate this incident, and the safety of all of the other children who were in this home has been secured,” ACS’s Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs Eric Ferrero said.
Unfortunately, these types of occurrences happened more often than they should. Recently, there was a three-year-old girl who called 911. When officers reached the location of the child, they discovered that she was in a filthy trailer in Florida with her one-year-old baby, both of whom were wearing dirty diapers and surrounded by dog feces. In addition, there was an unsecured gun within reach of the children and a vicious dog was on the loose in the trailer.
It’s baffling to think that the father of the five-year-old boy actually believed that he could stay home on his own and be perfectly fine.
Surely, there are an unfortunate number of these types of cases that go unnoticed. Luckily the FedEx worker was there when he was.