BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

Mom Accused Of Abandoning Quadriplegic Son In Woods

Nyia Parler allegedly left her 21-year-old son in the woods and boarded a bus to Maryland with her boyfriend.

Posted on April 12, 2015, at 3:57 p.m. ET

Police have reportedly arrested a Philadelphia-area mother after she allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic 21-year-old son in the woods last week.

Nyia Parler arrested for abandoning son

Nyia Parler, 41, was arrested in Maryland after her son was found abandoned in a Philadelphia park on Friday, CBS Philly reported.

Her son, whose name was not released, suffers from cerebral palsy.

He was found with a blanket and a Bible but no food or water, CBS Philly reported. His wheelchair was found nearby.

Parler is accused of abandoning her son on Monday so she could board a bus to Maryland with her boyfriend, reported.

The young man is being treated for malnutrition and dehydration at a local hospital.

He also is suffering from a cut on his back and he may have damaged his eyes in the cold and rain, reported.

Mom of Abandoned Quadriplegic Man in Custody #philly

Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said that the victim is "obviously a fighter."

"It's just unbelievable how we found him out there...It's absolutely heartbreaking to see another human, especially a mother, can treat someone like that," Walker told

Walker said that the man's aunts had attempted to obtain custody of him in the past, reported.

Parler is facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment of another person, neglect of a care dependent person, simple assault, and unlawful restraint, CBS Philly reported.

Support our journalism

Help BuzzFeed News reporters expose injustices and keep quality news free.