Philadelphia toddler found wandering
After police found a toddler wandering the streets along in Love Park In Philadelphia,, the mother tells WPVI her family is living on the streets with nowhere else to stay.
“If I had somewhere else to go, I would be there,” Angelique Roland said. “I am not here on the streets with my kid on purpose.”
The toddler’s father says, considering their current home is made of cardboard boxes, the 2-year-old’s escape shouldn’t be a surprise.
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“He pushed the box open, walked on these rocks, went out here and went all the way around,” the boy’s father, Michael Jones, said.
A 2013 report by the city said 39 percent of Philadelphia’s children live in poverty — and its homeless rate is one of the nation’s highest.
Philadelphia police say the toddler and his 4-year-old sister will remain in protective custody until the family has a roof over their heads. The parents have had no charges brought against them.
Chosen 300 Ministries has decided to raise money for the family to help them get a decent place to live for the sake of their children.
“Chosen 300 has launched a campaign to raise $12,000 in 12 days to secure housing for this family for one year. In addition, our staff will be working with the family to provide case management, money management and social services to move them toward self-sufficiency,” wrote a spokesperson for the organization in a press release. “We know this family as they have come to our mission often to receive meals. We have witnessed their love and care for their two children, but have fallen on hard times.”