Children found in unheated rowhouse

Three spent 3 days alone in W. Baltimore without running water, electricity

Police seeking mother

January 28, 2003|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Three young children were found abandoned yesterday in a filthy West Baltimore rowhouse that had no heat, electricity or running water, and where they apparently had endured at least three days alone amid the coldest weather in recent years, police said.

Police said the children - girls ages 3 and 6, and a 5-year-old boy - were taken to the pediatric unit at University of Maryland Medical Center where physical examinations determined they were in good health despite the conditions in the frigid three-story house.

The mother was being sought, police added.

The children were found by Western District officers in late morning after their cousin called police and met officers at the front door of the house in the 900 block of N. Gilmor St., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The children were dirty, and the toilet could not be used because the house had no water, Moses said, adding, "You would not want to live there."

Moses didn't know what the children had eaten during their three days in the house.

"I don't know how they survived at night when the temperature dropped to near single digits," he said.

The children were placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services for placement, pending an investigation.

The mother's name was not disclosed because no charges had been filed, Moses said.

Anyone knowing the woman's whereabouts was asked to call the Western District at 410-396-2477.

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