It was cute in the movie ‘Home Alone’ and it’s sequel. If you didn’t see the movie or don’t remember the story it was about a young boy who inadverently was left home alone at Christmas. While the family was having a miserable time because of the worry over him, he was meeting interesting people and doing well surviving on his own. He managed to reunite a father and daughter in one movie and vanquished some burglers in another. Cute, but very unrealistic.
Dec. 23 police went to the home of Nefiteria Burrell to arrest her on a theft warrant. She was home alone with her two children ages 6 and 3 years old.
Burrell contacted her boyfriend and asked him to stay with her children while she was incarcerated and he agreed. Burrell asked officers to stay with the children until the boyfriend arrived. Police did a criminal background check on the boyfriend, they checked on the sex offender registry and found nothing so when the boyfriend arrived the children were left in his care.
Reportedly Burrell did call home and speak with her boyfriend once and he told her that he was going to have another friend watch the children. But after that he didn’t answer her calls.
Police say he left the home before the friend arrived. They believe he left the same day the officer left the children with him. Burrell remained in the jail until Dec. 26 when she was able to bond out.
When she returned home she found the children alone. Allegedly the three year old was unfed and unkempt. The 6 year old little girl was in a coma. The 6 year old was a diabetic.
The 6 year old was taken to the hospital in critical condition. As of Tuesday she was reported to be stable and improving.
Police are looking for John Frank Evans. They want to talk with him about leaving the children alone. They have a warrant for charges of 2 counts of cruelty to children and 2 counts of contributing to the deprivation of a child. But a week after he disappeared he is still missing.
Department of Family and Children’s Services are also investigating.
They didn’t run into any burglars. But they could have. There wasn’t any fire. But there could have been. But there was a dangerous medical condition.
Juvenile diabetics are often very brittle- requiring careful supervision of their diet, medication, and frequent testing of their blood. There is no indication as to how long the little girl was in a coma.
They spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas alone, unfed, and ill.