Police: Boy home alone for days after mother dies

The boy was being treated for malnutrition and dehydration.

The boy was being treated for malnutrition and dehydration. (3/27/13)

UNION - Police say a 4-year-old boy is recovering this morning after spending several days home alone following the death of his mother.

Police believe the mother died of natural causes at her home in the Mill Run apartment complex five or six days ago.

The boy was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for malnutrition and dehydration. He is reportedly in stable condition.

He told police that there was plenty of food in the refrigerator but that he could not open the door.

Police went to the residence after maintenance workers received complaints from neighbors of an odor coming from the home. The chain-locked door had to be broken down by workers.

Authorities say that they are working to track down family of the deceased woman, who has not yet been identified. Until then, the boy will be cared for by the Division of Youth and Family Services.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the woman's cause of death.

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