Child protection services had been called to the home “dozens of times” this year alone but were never allowed to enter the property, it was claimed
The body of a blind three-year-old boy was found in a freezer while his mother was arrested by police officers.
Young Chase Allen was found by police at his run-down home in Detroit, United States, on Friday morning.
Child protection services have been called to the home “dozens of times” this year alone, but have never entered the property, it said.
The boy’s grandmother revealed that Chase’s mother “didn’t” handle Chase, who was blind and had other disabilities.
Chase had not been seen since March, and the boy’s mother asked family members to take care of him on several occasions.
Officers sensed something was wrong when they performed a wellness check on the home, but the woman who answered the door was acting strange.
It was not disclosed by the police what prompted the need for a health check.
“She tried to push officers away like nothing was going on,” Detroit Police Chief James White said Detroit News.
“Something was wrong with the conversation.”
Officers called a supervisor and when the team entered the home, they discovered five children living in squalor and the decomposed body of another child, believed to be a three-year-old boy, in a basement freezer.
During a news conference, White said the case “shocked” him and his team.
After the boy’s body was found, the woman was reportedly arrested and her five surviving children were taken to a hospital.
Once their physical health has been assessed, the children undergo what is known as a “kid’s talk” – a forensic interview with investigators and a child psychologist.
In addition to questioning the suspects and their children, investigators are now investigating whether the woman had previous contacts with the Detroit Police Department or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Investigators don’t know how long the child’s body was in the freezer or if his siblings knew he was there, police said.
“You can imagine that they will all suffer from some degree of trauma. We will learn more in the coming hours and days after interviewing the children,” White added.
Counseling is offered through the department’s peer support program for officers who have been on the ground.
Toni Haynes, the boy’s grandmother, has now set one up GoFundMe page to raise money for Chase’s funeral and for clothing and other necessities for the surviving children.
“If anyone has anything other than money to donate to the children we would greatly appreciate that too as the mother is incarcerated,” Haynes wrote.
She added that the other children are girls, aged three months and nine years, and boys, aged two, five and seven.
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