Police: Woman left quadriplegic son in woods, visited lover

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the mother of a severely disabled man left in the woods for several days near a southwest Philadelphia park.

Police say 41-year-old Nyia Parler of Philadelphia will face charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangering, neglect of a care-dependent person and kidnapping.

Authorities say the 21-year-old man, who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, was found Friday night near Cobbs Creek Park, lying in leaves covered with a blanket next to a wheelchair and a Bible. He was hospitalized with dehydration and other injuries.

Police believe he was left there before his mother boarded a bus Monday for Maryland, to visit her boyfriend.

Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detectives division says he survived only “by the grace of God.”

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