Twins left alone while parents leave the country
Being left home alone may be a fun fantasy for some kids growing up, but for twin New Hampshire 9-year-olds, it was real life and far from fun. The Associated Press is reporting two boys were left to care for themselves for four months while their parents went to Nigeria with their three other children. Manchester police learned they were supposed to be cared for by their 25-year-old uncle, Giobari Atura, but he only stopped by on occasion to drop off food.
"The kids were doing an amazing job taking care of themselves," Hillsborough County Assistant Attorney Michael Valentine told WMUR. "Getting themselves to school and maintaining their own health during that time."
Court paperwork shows the twins got themselves up every morning - put themselves on the bus, and ate breakfast and lunch at the school. When authorities got involved in November, they found no edible food in the fridge and only ramen noodles in the cabinet.
According to the affidavit, one of the boys told police "he felt lonely while staying at their own house because his mom and dad were not there and nobody was with them."
"I had no clue they were in there by themselves," a neighbor told WCVB. "I would have never guessed that."
Atura is facing child neglect charges, and the boys are back in the care of their parents.