September 28, 2015 |
Delaware moms Nancy Lemus and Luz Moyao drove to the papal Mass in Philadelphia early Saturday, hoping for a blessing with perhaps miraculous effects. Lemus' son Christopher Garcia, 10, has severe cerebral palsy and dystonia, a neurological muscle movement disorder. Moyao's son Angel Zavaleta, 8, has TARP Syndrome, a rare condition that causes several birth defects. Lemus and Moyao sat in the front row of the chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul waiting for Pope Francis, who was to walk past them.
September 28, 2015 |
Michael Keating, 10, has had more than his share to bear. Born premature, the Berks County boy has cerebral palsy. He can't use his arms or legs. He suffers from seizures, and his brain cannot process what he sees or hears. He has intellectual disabilities. Last year, he had spinal fusion surgery, and in August, doctors replaced his hips. More surgeries are likely. Yet for all that, Michael's family says he knows joy. He loves music, he loves Shiloh, his black Lab. And he especially loves kisses, lots of kisses.
September 27, 2015 |
Standing before Independence Hall, Pope Francis praised America's tradition of religious tolerance and called on members of all faiths to be a voice for those who are "unable to be heard. " "I take this opportunity to thank all those, of whatever religion, who have sought to serve the God of peace by building cities of brotherly love, by caring for our neighbors in need, by defending the dignity of God's gift of life in all its stages, by defending the cause of the poor and the immigrant," the pope said.
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...