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Teen Left Behind when Mom Moved Out of State with Boyfriend

The mother of a 15-year-old is incarcerated and awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania after allegedly leaving the child behind without basic amenities when she moved to another state with her boyfriend.

At the end of last year, people in a Manheim Township neighborhood became suspicious when they didn’t see the mother of a teenager at home for weeks, but the boy was consistently at the residence.

On January 12, after someone reported the situation to the Manheim Township Police Department, officers were sent to the house to do a welfare check. When they talked to the boy, they reported that he said his mother moved away with her boyfriend about a month ago, but that they keep in touch online. He reportedly said she comes back once in a while, and she sends money on CashApp so he can buy food. Other family members, including the boy’s father, help him by allowing him to shower at their homes and giving him rides to the store.

The authorities learned that the gas and water had been turned off by the companies for over a month, and the house was littered with rotting food and garbage. The boy reportedly said he attends school when he is able, but he has a hard time making it every day because he is by himself.

According to the news reports, on January 12, the woman was located and arrested by the Pennsville Township Police Department in New Jersey. She was booked into the Salem County Correctional Facility, where she will likely be held until she is extradited. She is expected to face charges of one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

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