A breaking news story has stunned residents of a local Manchester, New Hampshire community.
Twin boys, age 9, were discovered living alone in their apartment — for four months, while the parents were in Nigeria with the boys’ three siblings.
The incident was discovered back in November when officials at the boys’ school contacted the state Division of Children, Youth and Families. They had learned that the twins were caring for themselves, waking in the morning, getting on the bus, and then eating breakfast and lunch at their school.
Their father, Jerusalem Monday, reportedly left in July with the intention of having everyone return in August. He placed his younger brother, 25-year-old Giobari Atura (pictured below), in charge of the children; however, Atura would only stop by every couple days and, according to the AP, “when police got involved in November, they found no edible food in the refrigerator and only ramen noodles in a cabinet.”
Likewise, an affidavit for the case says, “It should be noted that no operable phone was located within the apartment.”
The boys’ parents told authorities that they checked in with the uncle regularly, who assured them that everything was fine. They also explained their return had been delayed in their return to the United States because of illness and passport issues.
Atura was charged in December with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and freed on $500 bail.
According to Michael Valentine, Hillsborough County assistant attorney, the parents returned to the US shortly after learning the children had been left alone and they do have custody of their children. Valentine stated in a release that no charges are expected to be filed against the parents, because they “left the children in the care of the uncle.”