Twin 9-Year-Old Boys Left Basically Alone for Months

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man who was supposed to watch 9-year-old nephews abandoned them for months while parents were away in Africa: report.

Twin 9-year-olds were left virtually on their own for four months in a Manchester, N.H. apartment where an uncle would only occasionally check in on them. A New Hampshire man agreed to take care of his 9-year-old twin nephews while their parents were away in Africa — and then he went away himself, leaving the kids home alone for almost five months, according to authorities. The boys’ parents and three siblings left for Nigeria in July with the intention of returning the next month, but were delayed, the Associated Press reports.

The uncle, 25-year-old Giobari Atura, dropped by every few days to give the kids food, but police found not food in the refrigerator and determined that the twin boys had been fending for themselves with just ramen noodles to eat, according to an Associated Press report. Police finally became involved in November when the boys’ school alerted them that they’d been living alone, getting themselves up in the morning and taking the bus to eat breakfast and lunch at school. Neighbors in the family’s apartment building were shocked to learn about the alleged abandonment — but also impressed by the boys’ self-sufficiency. “When I was 9 years old, I couldn’t keep quiet for the life of me,” neighbor Keneth Lemite told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I’m guessing they’re two pretty smart kids, pretty mature kids.”

The twins were initially placed in foster care, but have now been returned to their parents, who came back to the U.S. shortly after learning of the situation. A neighbor, Christaly Garcia, said she didn’t recall seeing the boys but noted they wouldn’t necessarily stand out because there are a lot of kids in the well-kept apartment complex in New Hampshire’s largest city. While Atura was charged with endangering the welfare of a child in December, the parents will not be charged since they left their sons in the care of a relative. Atura told police he stopped by the apartment on days he went to work, which wasn’t every day, and that he checked on the boys three days a week and told them they could call him if they needed anything, but there was no phone in the apartment, according to the report. When police finally reached the parents, they said they had instructed Atura to stay at the apartment, and if he couldn’t, they gave him the name of a family friend to contact.

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