April 7, 1996 in Nation/World

Parents Left 4 Children In Apartment

Associated Press

A landlord looking for a leaky pipe found four children in a littered, roach-infested apartment who were left behind when their parents traveled to Haiti, authorities said Friday.

The siblings - a 4-year-old girl and boys ages 6, 7 and 10 - were in underwear, shivering on a bed.

Police called to the Brooklyn home found trash, broken TVs and busted toys on the floor, and a virtually empty refrigerator.

Police said the children’s mother had gone to Haiti on Jan. 4, followed by her husband on March 27. The children told police a family friend sometimes stopped by with food or slept overnight.

The children were placed in the custody of the city’s child-welfare agency while police tried to contact the parents.

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