CBS Chicago: 9 Chicago Kids Found Alone In Squalid Home Without Food Or Heat
I'm posting this because in a great society as we have in this great nation - yes I know many of you would debate this - this shouldn't happen. And this is without a doubt very terrible.
Chicago police said officers were called to a home in the 900 block of West 59th Street shortly before 1 p.m., when they were notified of a child allegedly left alone. Once inside, they found nine children, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.Check out the rest of the story with the magic words Dept. of Children and Family Services DCFS
The two-flat has several broken windows, but no heat, and police said there was no food for the children to eat.
“We have never seen those children. We did not know they were hungry. We did not know they were being neglected,” said Apostle Willie Shears, with God’s Divine Glory Ministry, a church located just steps from the home. “We were totally unaware, and it’s a shock to us. We would have reached out. We would have helped them in any way that we could have helped them.”
The children were taken into protective custody.
“At one time, there were families in that building, and they were outgoing, they was doing food, they was doing barbecues at night, they was literally partying and everything. So it seemed as if there was nothing wrong,” Shears said.
Parents in the neighborhood were in disbelief.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said it is investigating the parents for allegations of neglect. The children were being placed with family members under a DCFS-monitored safety plan.What would you do if you observed such an unfortunate situation?
DCFS confirmed the kids are children of two mothers, and range in age from 3 months to 17 years.