5-year-old Bronx boy’s parents left him home alone for a night in feces-stained apartment
New York – The flies and the neighbors were still buzzing Saturday after a 5-year-old boy was abandoned all night by his parents inside their vermin-riddled Bronx apartment.
Mom Charlotte Lewis, 49, and dad Wilfred Lewis, 59, were arrested for leaving the child home alone — except for the cockroaches, rats and flies.
“A couple of times they would leave the door open and I always told my boyfriend, ‘Oh, that house is kind of disgusting,’” said Deanna Strom, 27, one day after a FedEx deliveryman discovered the lonely boy.
The Kingsbridge Ave. apartment, in addition to the living critters, featured feces splattered across the walls when cops arrived on the scene Friday afternoon.
A stench of decay wafted from the apartment Saturday, when a squadron of flies remained visible through a hole left in the front door where the knob was missing.
“I couldn’t imagine that at all,” Strom said about the vile conditions inside the home. “It was pretty disturbing.”
On top of the repugnant state of the residence, there was no food inside the refrigerator, authorities said.
The parents were arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Saturday night on endangerment charges.
Prosecutors said three out of the four children recently had scabies and the little boy left alone had bugs on his body and in his coat.
“This is not a case of poverty, but severe child abuse and neglect,” said Assistant District Attorney Nick Lastella.
There was combination of live and dead rodents in the home and “significant blood smears in the apartment, particularly in the bathroom and on the toilet,” Lastella said.
The boy told police that he last saw his parents on Thursday night, cops said.
Authorities found his mother at Montefiore Medical Center where she works as a nurse. Prosecutors said she is enrolled in a masters program at New York University.
The boy’s father is a technician for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The couple has three other kids — a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy — although none were at home when police arrived.
All four kids are at Montefiore for observation, prosecutors said. Bail for their parents was set at $15,000.