Update (1:33 p.m. August 20): The story of the 6-year-old boy found in an attic just gets more depressing the more we find out. The Star reports that neighbors who talked with the malnourished boy's mother say that Rachel Perez told them that "the boy had
Down syndrome and lived with his father. Not true considering authorities found the boy in Perez' hot and filthy attic.
And this will make you sick: Neighbors told the Star that Perez was pregnant.
Then there's disgusting bit:
The property manager for theJust wicked.
duplex told media that he evicted Perez
on Thursday when he entered the residence and found the home and attic
covered with feces and mold.
Worst Mother of the Year.
Johnson County Sheriff's deputies
found a malnourished 6-year-old boy in an attic Tuesday night, hours
after his 26-year-old mother, Rachel L. Perez, was arrested.
A relative was worried about the boy, so deputies did a welfare check at
a De Soto home in the 8200 block of Center Drive Tuesday evening around
5. The boy's mother claimed he wasn't home, and deputies arrested her
on an outstanding warrant. Hey, would a mother lie? Apparently so.
The relative requested deputies go back to the home, which they did
around 11 p.m. They found the boy in the attic. He was "very fragile,"
"extremely thin," and "his skeletal structure could easily be seen due
to his level of malnourishment."
If you can't trust a mother, who
can you trust? Looks like no one. The boy was taken to Children's Mercy
Hospital and is in protective custody.
Perez is charged with
abuse of a child younger than 18 and aggravated endangering of a child. She's expected to make her first appearance at 1:30, presumably after eating a lunch that she doesn't deserve (if this is all true).