Thursday, December 14, 2006

I Guess It All Depends...

...on one's definition of abuse.

ABINGTON — Police have removed a 17-month-old boy from a squalid apartment in North Abington and charged his teenaged mother with child endangerment.

"There was a strong odor of animal urine and feces," Deputy Police Chief Christopher Cutter said. "The apartment was in complete filth, with trash piled up, rotten food about and a cat litter box that apparently hadn't been changed in months. It was overflowing and something was growing on the litter. They used Sterno cans to heat water to bathe the child."

Cutter said the boy has been living in the house for at least three months with no heat or hot water.


[The landlord] said there was no evidence of abuse.