A 4-year old boy named Chadrack Mulo was found dead, clinging to his mother’s corpse. His mother had died suddenly because of an epileptic fit.
Chadrack was described by neighbors as “very sweet.” The boy was too young to be able to call for help or feed himself. He ultimately starved to death after two weeks.
Teachers were concerned when the child suddenly stopped showing up for school. They tried to visit the home and call, but after two visits were unsuccessful, they contacted higher authorities.
He was found within 48 hours of his death. The cause of death was said to be dehydration and starvation. The boy had learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder, which made it difficult to take care of himself.
The mother’s name was Esther and she was described by neighbors as a “lovely, kind woman.”
Policies may be changing because of this boys untimely death. If a child stops coming to class unexpectedly, and an adult is not reachable by phone, then 3-5 days is no longer an acceptable time period before sending someone to the house to look into the matter. Ideally, from now on, someone will be send over immediately to the family’s home.
From The Guardian:
“The likelihood is that Chadrack lived alone in the family home for over a fortnight after his mother’s death. He was found a couple of days after his own death, with his arms around her body. She was by then very decomposed,” the coroner, Mary Hassell, said.
She said that Chadrack’s mother, Esther Eketi-Mulo, died suddenly after an epileptic fit at some point in the first few days of October last year. Chadrack, who the coroner said had learning difficulties and had autism spectrum disorder, was alone in the flat with his mother’s body thereafter and was unable to look after himself. “He died a fortnight later of dehydration and starvation. He was then found within approximately 48 hours,” Hassell, based at St Pancras coroner’s court in north London, said.
Justin King, who lived next door to the family, said: “It is so sad. It makes me so upset when I think I could have been his saviour, but I just didn’t think anything was wrong.” The Marie Curie nurse told the the London Evening Standard that he was on holiday visiting family in Africa with his wife and baby daughter when the incident occurred.