9 children found living in squalor; no heat, food, or parents

Nine children were found living in deplorable conditions in an Englewood, Illinois, home on Sunday. Their parents were nowhere to be found.

CBS reports that Chicago police officers were dispatched to West 59th Street at a little before 1 p.m. on Sunday, after they were notified that a child was reportedly left home alone. When the officers walked inside, they discovered all nine children, ranging from toddlers to teens in the home with no heat, no food, broken windows, and living in extreme filth.

The home is in close proximity to several churches, but no one from any of the churches knew that the kids were suffering. According to Apostle Willie Shears, with God’s Divine Glory Ministry, a church “just steps” from the children, his congregation had never even seen the kids.

 “We have never seen those children. We did not know they were hungry. We did not know they were being neglected. We were totally unaware, and it’s a shock to us. We would have reached out. We would have helped them in any way that we could have helped them.”

Even parents in the neighborhood were shocked.

“To see something like this, it hurts me and my family. I wish I would have known. Maybe we could have came together and helped the family,” Nick Brown, a neighbor said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) confirmed that the children belong to two different women who lived at the home. DCFS is currently investigating. A man who said he was the father to a few of the children claimed innocence and said he had no idea what was going on.

As of Monday morning, there were no arrests made.

The children were taken to Comer Medical Center for evaluation. Aside from a few minor issues, all of the children were healthy. They were placed into relatives’ homes while DCFS continues its investigation.

[Feature Photo: Google Maps/Nov. 2016]