“They were Crying, in the Street, One of Them Hysterical”

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On 18 August 2013, two African-American children were hungry and scared in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They were visiting their father, who had left them alone without food and unsupervised for two days. The two boys, aged seven and five, left their father’s home and started walking. They flagged down a passing motorist at Broward Boulevard and Southwest 18th Avenue. Fortunately, the passing motorist was a Good Samaritan named Adam Alper who drove them to Fort Lauderdale police headquarters. Mr. Alper, a 30-year-old carpenter, said, “They were crying, in the street, one of them hysterical.” He added, “One boy said, ‘Can you take me to my mom’s?’ and then they just jumped in the car.” Their father was arrested, and the two boys were returned to their mother, who was surprised about the behavior of their father: “That’s bad. I can’t believe he would do that. He is not that kind of person.” When the father appeared in bond court, Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley told him what his children had said about him: “They said they were terrified of you, and were told not to tell anyone about being left at home.” Mr. Alper, the Good Samaritan, said that he “just did what anyone would do. I can’t imagine how anyone could have driven by without stopping. They were in the street, walking against traffic.” He recently became engaged to a woman who has two children: “I’m glad we can provide for our family, and provide a healthy home.”

For Further Information: Mike Clary, “Good Samaritan rescues two terrified, hungry boys from busy South Florida street.” Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 20 August 2013. Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.


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