The world is a scary place for a child, but luckily they have parents to guide them through all the things that don't make sense to them. Unfortunately, not all children are raised in a positive and nurturing environment.
At around 11:30 on a Friday morning, a FedEx deliveryman saved the life of a young boy who was left alone in a filthy apartment in the Bronx. His parents neglected him in a place that wouldn't even be safe for an adult.
This isn't the first time a child has been left to fend for itself in awful living conditions. A few weeks ago, a three-year-old girl called 911, and babbled to officers for minutes until authorities arrived at a dirty trailer in Florida.
They were shocked to see the toddler and a one-year-old baby wearing dirty diapers surrounded by dog feces. There was also an aggressive dog on the loose and an unsecured gun within reach of the children.
This five-year-old, however, didn't have to call 911. When asked by a FedEx worker if his parents were around to sign their package, the boy responded that they're not home, and that's when the man sensed that something was very wrong...
The deliveryman left the apartment and flagged down a nearby cop to ask for help. The little boy told police officers that he had not seen his parents since the night before.
When police broke open the door, they found the child alone surrounded by feces and blood smeared walls, roaches, bed bugs, maggots, and dead and living rodents.
The conditions were even worse than that.
According to authorities, there was no food in the fridge.
Officers learned that the parents had three other children, a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, who were also not home.
The parents were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The mom, 48-year-old Charlotte Lewis, was a nurse at Montefiore Medical Center and arrested at work. The father, 59-year-old Wilfred Lewis, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority technology trainer, was arrested at the 50th Precinct.
Mr. Lewis told police that the little boy was feeling ill and didn't go to school, but is completely capable of taking care of himself.
All of their children are with the Administration for Children's Services, which had 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.