It doesn’t get much more sad than this. A little boy was locked inside his New Jersey apartment with the body of his dead mother for almost a full week before being discovered by police.
Via NY Daily News:
Police in northern New Jersey found an emaciated 4-year-old boy in an apartment Tuesday morning with the body of his mother, who appeared to have been dead about five days.
The boy told police he tried to get food from the refrigerator but couldn’t open the door, Union Police Director Daniel Zieser said. The boy also had rubbed lotion on his mother in an apparent attempt to help her, leaving behind his handprints, Zieser said.
“He made a statement to the officer that ‘There’s plenty of food in the refrigerator, but I couldn’t open the door,'” Zieser told New York radio station WCBS. “So that’s kind of sad that nobody checked on him, no family members. It’s sad, very sad.”
The discovery was made Tuesday after a maintenance worker reported a bad odor coming from the apartment. The door was ajar but locked with a chain.
Once police forced their way in, they found the woman’s body in a bedroom. The county medical examiner was conducting an autopsy to determine the time and cause of death.
The woman wasn’t being identified until relatives could be notified. Police don’t suspect foul play.
The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.
This is so sad. We are praying for that poor little boy. He could be traumatized for life after this experience. Please God let there be some loving family member who is going to take good care of him!