August 19, 2015 |
The West Philadelphia woman accused of abandoning her 21-year-old, quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park with his wheelchair, blanket, and a Bible waived her preliminary hearing Monday on attempted murder and related charges. The decision by Niya Parler, 41, means the case against her proceeds directly to trial in Common Pleas Court. Parler remains in prison on $2.5 million bail. Parler was arrested in Montgomery County, Md., on April 11, one day after a passerby called police on discovering the 21-year-old man - with cerebral palsy and unable to communicate - lying on a pile of leaves in the woods near 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
July 21, 2015 |
Six years old and adorable, Julissa has an easy-going personality that draws people to her. Happy by nature, she loves to go places where she can enjoy children's rides and be outdoors. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Julissa attends a specialized school and receives occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Although she is primarily nonverbal, she has begun to say a few words and understands what is said to her. She is able to use some sign language to convey her needs. In school, she also can communicate with the help of a picture board.
June 8, 2015 |
A WEST PHILLY mother who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park two months ago, then went to visit her boyfriend in Maryland has been found competent to face a preliminary hearing, but is in need of mental-health treatment, a prosecutor said yesterday. Nyia Parler's mental health was the subject of a brief status listing before Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan. Parler, who remains in custody in a city jail on State Road in Holmesburg on $2.5 million bail, was not in court.
May 4, 2015
ISSUE | CLINTON Euphoria vote I would like a recent letter writer, or anyone else, to please let me know what Hillary Clinton has done to make her the most qualified presidential contender ("Clinton critics," April 27). As first lady, her health-care program didn't work out. As a senator from New York - where my cat could be elected if running on the Democratic ticket - she didn't pass one piece of significant legislation. And as secretary of state, with the Russian reset, Iran nukes, and more, well, how's that working out?
April 15, 2015 |
Walking in Cobbs Creek Park on Friday night, Fitzroy Anderson watched as a herd of deer ran down a grassy hill. It would make a nice picture, he thought. So he followed them. By the time he made it down the hill, the deer had darted into the woods. But he lingered there, puzzled by what lay in front of him: an empty wheelchair and a Bible. And underneath it, something wrapped in a blanket. "Wrapped up real nice and decent," he said. Carefully, Anderson nudged the blanket with his foot.
April 14, 2015 |
THE LITTLE PATCH of woods off 59th Street near Cobbs Creek is a place where people drink beer, have sex in the dirt and dump their trash. Dozens of tall cans of cheap beer, a few condom wrappers and old, wet clothes were scattered there yesterday afternoon, right near a line of police tape that stretched from tree to tree. The blanket that Nyia Parler allegedly used to cover her quadriplegic son before she abandoned him there last week was gone. The Bible she allegedly left on his chest, perhaps hoping a higher power could sort it all out, was gone, too. Parler, 41, of Baltimore Avenue near Alden Street in West Philly, left her son, Daequan Norman, in those woods about a quarter-mile from her home last Monday morning, police said.
April 13, 2015 |
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
March 30, 2015 |
AFTER HER MOTHER died of lung cancer in 2006, Cathy McVey looked for a way to honor her and continue a legacy of compassion. So, she started Honey's Angels, a nonprofit that provides food and supermarket gift cards to families in need of extra help around the holidays. This week, the organization will provide grocery gift cards to 50 needy families for Easter. "My mom was caring and generous. She loved taking care of people," said McVey, who named the organization for her late mom, Helen "Honey" McVey.
March 17, 2015 |
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
January 20, 2015 |
Cerebral palsy has not put Melvin in a wheelchair. It hasn't even kept him off a bike, which he loves to ride. At 20, he is able to walk independently, although he needs guidance and supervision to complete most tasks. In school, he receives special-education services to improve his speech, mobility, and balance, and puts much effort into doing his best. Melvin, who generally speaks in phrases and expresses his needs in the third person, is learning the alphabet. His child-like manner and sweet nature have endeared him to school staff, neighbors, and his foster family.