Four kids aged five to 10 have been taken into care after first responders found them hidden in a squalid Boston apartment surrounded by sex toys and drugs where a black trans woman was dead on the floor.
First responders made the disturbing discovery on Saturday morning when they were responding to an unconscious person report. They found what appeared to be six men dressed as women, who were uncooperative and denied having children inside the home.
The children were found jammed together in a cramped room, surrounded by filth and a stench permeating the air, hidden by an adult man reportedly wearing a wig.
They are now in state custody and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday.
‘There was hoarding, lot of uncleanliness in the apartment, lots of sex toys and drug paraphernalia all over the place,’ City Councilor Erin Murphy said to NBC.
At about 11:11 AM, on Saturday, June 17th, officers responded to the area of 381 Old Colony Avenue for a death investigation and found four children hiding in a back room in filthy conditions
Fire officials found the four children hidden in this squalid Boston apartment where a black trans woman was dead on the floor, surrounded by sex toys and drugs
One neighbor, who wasn’t named, told NBC10 Boston they were traumatized by the discovery
He also said the partygoers attempted to stop the firefighter from finding the kids who were hidden in a back room.
‘When he opened the door, he saw four children and what I believe are two adults in the back room, and it was really disturbing to him,’ Murphy said to NBC. ‘They just seemed scared.’
It is unclear what the relationship between the people in the apartment and the children is at this time.
According to the police report, alcohol and drug consumption were not suspected, however, the dead body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office intake specialist, Lindsey Cadwell for further inspection.
‘This is sickening,’ said At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty to the Boston 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, Public Safety chairman on the council, told the Boston Herald the dead body found on the floor was ‘from an apparent overdose’ and that ‘a man wearing a wig claiming to be the father’ of the kids was found in a back bedroom.
Police say the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families was called due to the apartment’s condition, and investigated the incident.
At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty (pictured) told the Boston Herald the dead body found on the floor was ‘from an apparent overdose’ and that ‘a man wearing a wig claiming to be the father’ of the kids was found in a back bedroom
Council President Ed Flynn (pictured) said the discovery was ‘inhumane and horrific’
The children were immediately removed from the hazardous environment and transferred into the care of child protective services, where medical professionals assessed their physical and mental condition.
The four children are now in custody of DCF, the agency confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
Council President Ed Flynn, said the discovery was ‘inhumane and horrific’ according to the Boston Herald.
‘This underscores the need for oversight into BHA inspections and eviction practices, security efforts in developments and protocols to ensure children are safe in every BHA apartment.’
Neighbors told NBC10 Boston they were traumatized by the discovery.
‘Pretty traumatized by it and seeing what happened,’ one neighbor said. ‘I haven’t slept for a couple of nights.’
The shaken up neighbor also said she would like to see more police in the area.
‘I think in light of what happened it would be smart to have them come around more to kind of keep things in check and make us feel like we can come and go comfortably,’ she said.
The neighbor told NBC10 she has not felt safe in the apartment complex for years.
‘People popping the doors to come in, people hanging out and carrying on all hours of the night,’ she said.
Boston City Council is expected to meet a week from today to discuss the situation, find out what occurred and how to improve living conditions in Boston’s public housing.