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Police Investigate Smelly Apartment, Discover Boy Kept In A Cage For Years

Neighbors reported a couple because they couldn't take the horrible stench coming from the home anymore. Environmental workers arrived to investigate, and they found the apartment was sealed off. The smell coming from the apartment was so bad that they thought a dead body was decaying inside. Police arrived to investigate, and they found the home was inhabited by extreme hoarders. They also found the parents had been keeping their son in the home in a cage for eight years.

When authorities began knocking on the door, the family inside tried to ignore them. “The police knocked on the door, and no one answered. They ultimately entered through the window,” said city environmental chief Yitzhak Buzaglo to the Israeli Haaretz.

Once they gained entrance, the two parents attacked them. The adults were disheveled and acted violently toward the authorities.

After the parents had been subdued, police had a look around at the place, which was stacked with garbage. They came across a cage and found a 14-year-old boy living in it. He was wearing clothing that was too small. The child had never been registered with an educational system, nor did anyone outside the home seem to know he existed.

“I’ve encountered a lot of stories. I’ve worked at city hall for 20 years, but I have never encountered such a thing,” Buzaglo said. “I barely managed to walk around the apartment because the entire floor was full of trash and boxes. I saw one double bed. I don’t know where the boy slept. There was no air in the home. They hadn’t opened the windows.”

The child told police that his parents would take him out every couple of weeks for about a half hour. The parents said the boy was sickly and they were only trying to protect him from going outdoors and contracting diseases.

Police believe the boy had been in the cage since the Russian couple moved to the area in 2009. The parents seemed genuinely concerned about the child, but they looked like they were suffering from a severe compulsive hoarding disorder themselves.

Authorities are investigating.

Source: New York Post
Photo: San Antonio Express-News

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