A 41-year-old Philadelphia woman is accused of abandoning her disabled son for five days in a park with only a blanket and a Bible, according to the New York Daily News.
Police on Saturday said that they've issued a warrant for the arrest of the victim's mother, Nyia Parler, 41, according to the News. She is accused of leaving her son on a pile of leaves in Cobbs Creek Park on Monday morning before skipping town to see her boyfriend in Maryland, the report says.
Late Friday, a passerby discovered the 21-year-old man, a nonverbal quadriplegic who also has cerebral palsy, lying near an empty wheelchair without any provisions, the publication says.
The unidentified alleged victim is receiving treatment for a cut on his back, dehydration, malnutrition and exposure at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is in stable condition following the 9 p.m. rescue, the News says.
"This kid's obviously a fighter," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's just unbelievable how we found him out there. … It's absolutely heartbreaking to see another human, especially a mother, can treat someone like that.”
The mother faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of the care of a dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and false imprisonment, the report says.
Read more at the New York Daily News.