A two-year-old boy was found wandering the streets of Philadelphia, completely alone in the middle of the night. He was found and handed over to a police officer just before midnight and was taken to a local children’s hospital for evaluation.
Shortly after he was found, the boy’s parents—Angelique Roland and Michael Jones—reported the boy missing, and the full heartbreaking story of this family came to light.
The couple told authorities that they had fallen on hard times and couldn’t afford to pay rent for a place to stay. The homeless shelters in the area were all full, so the small family—including a four-year-old daughter—set up in a local park in a makeshift cardboard home.
The family believes that their son woke up in the middle of the night and wandered outside.
“If I had somewhere to go, I would be there,” Roland told WPVI. “I am not out here on the streets with my kids on purpose.”
Following the incident, the two children were taken from their parents and placed with human services, but since the family’s struggle has gone viral an outpouring of help from strangers is seeking to reunite the family.
So far the campaign has raised $4,000 of the $12,000 goal, where the funds would go directly to a landlord for rent.
Charges have not been filed against the parents.