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Mother Leaves Paralyzed Son In Woods With Only Blanket, Bible

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A quadriplegic, non-verbal man with cerebral palsy was discovered in the woods off a highway in Philadelphia this week, five days after his mother abandoned him with only a blanket and a bible. Niya Parler, 41, of West Philadelphia, is facing numerous charges regarding the incident as well as her long term care of her son, 21, including aggravated assault, neglect of a care-dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.

Family members say they last saw Parler and her son on Easter Sunday. On Monday morning, Parler boarded a bus to Maryland to visit her boyfriend, so it is presumed she brought her son to the woods sometime late Sunday or early Monday.

The man’s school was the first to note his absence and alert the authorities; but when reached in Maryland, Parler insisted that her son was with her.

A passerby found the man on Friday night and called 911. He is currently being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and miraculously appears stable considering his ordeal. The man has a cut on his back that risks infection, and his eyes may have been damaged, in addition to dehydration and malnutrition.

Parler’s other son, 16, is staying with other relatives.

[via Philadelphia Inquirer]

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