Four children who were found in a home littered with booze, drugs, sex toys, and the corpse of a trans woman, were hidden away in a cramped back room crying for help, a Boston city councilor said.
City Councilor Erin Murphy told Boston 25 that first responders, who called to the home about a person in cardiac arrest, heard the children “crying for help.” First responders called about a person in cardiac arrest found a trans woman – a man in women’s clothes – who they were unable to revive.
“A lot of drug paraphernalia and sex toys all around and then one of the firefighters said that they heard a cry for help,” Murphy told the outlet. “That there were four children in the back room, and I am hearing that the adults in the apartment were not wanting first responders to go back when they heard kids crying for help, so that is very disturbing to me.”
A Boston Fire Department crew of first responders was dispatched to an apartment in a public housing complex Saturday morning for a call about a man who had gone into cardiac arrest, the Boston Herald reported. An incident report obtained by the Herald showed that the first responders discovered more than a man in a medical crisis.
“The apartment was in extremely unsanitary conditions. Approximately 6 adults, who appeared to be males, were seen in the apartment,” first responders wrote in their report, adding that they found “four children in the back bedroom being hidden by an adult male from first responders.”
The children found in the home ranged in age from 5 to 10, according to the Herald.
“All of the adult parties were being uncooperative and did not provide helpful information. All adults present denied having children inside the apartment,” first responders wrote.
The crew filed a report of children alleged to be suffering from abuse or neglect, the outlet reported.
Councilor Murphy is now asking for the Boston Housing Authority to answer questions regarding how the situation could have occurred in public housing.
Boston’s Department of Children and Families told Boston 25 that the agency “has taken custody of the children who live in the home.”
Neighbors told the outlet that they know something happened in that apartment over the weekend, but refused to talk about it. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said that it is “aware of the incident and the investigation and will appropriately prosecute any arrests that result. At this moment, no charges have been issued.”
“At the end of the day, my biggest concern is what were the children exposed to and were they hurt in any way,” Murphy told Boston 25.
The person in cardiac arrest – for whom first responders were called – reportedly was a black man who identified as a woman, the Daily Mail reported.
First responders performed CPR on the man in cardiac arrest but were unsuccessful. The Boston Police Department is investigating the death.
“This is sickening,” At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty told the Herald. “I was informed by people at the scene that there were drugs, alcohol, sex toys all around the apartment as well as a dead body on the floor.”
Flaherty, who serves as Public Safety Chairman on the city council, told the outlet that the man died of “an apparent overdose” and that a “man wearing a wig” claimed to be the father of the children found in the home.