Mayor Michelle Wu dismissed reports that alcohol, drugs and sex toys were strewn around a Boston Housing Authority apartment where first responders called 911 and found four children inside.
Speaking to Boston 25 News, Wu called Reports that the children were living in the dangerous conditions of a “House of Secrets” were false.
The children, who are between 5 and 10 years old, were taken into protective custody on June 17, after officials said first responders entered the apartment at the Mary Ellen McCormack Complex in south Boston after a call was reported about a person not breathing.
Wu told the news agency, “There are actually no reports directly from first responders. Some of the information that was floating around came from second- and third-hand reports from those who weren’t at the scene, and I think that’s an important reminder that it’s important to get the facts on what’s happening is, and to allow the competent authorities to carry out the investigation. We will do everything we can to protect our children in this city, but that also means not fueling conspiracy theories.”
Wu confirmed to Boston 25 News that one person died at the home.
After discovering the deceased person, BPD officials filed a complaint 51A Report on the unhygienic conditions in the apartment. According to the news agency, the children have been in the care of the Department of Children and Families since the incident.
according to a Boston Herald reportFirst responders wrote in an incident report that there were six men at the home and one of the men allegedly hid the children in a back room from first responders. According to the news report, the adults were uncooperative and also denied that there were children in the home.
At-Large Councilman Michael Flaherty was quoted as saying in the herald He described the situation as “nauseating” and said: “I was informed by the people at the scene that there were drugs, alcohol, sex toys and a dead body on the floor all over the apartment.”
According to initial reports, however, the Boston police reported cleared that the disturbing items were not observed when officers were at the scene.
“The parents and officers who responded thought it best for the children to stay in another room with one of the parents and took steps to prevent the children from seeing the deceased,” police said. “Information that drugs and other materials of concern were scattered around the home is not supported by the officers’ encounter, nor by information obtained at the scene.”
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