Two children have been rescued by police after staying in their home for five days after their mum died.
Teachers alerted officers on September 21 after they “sensed something was wrong” when the two boys, aged five and seven, missed an entire week of school, according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.
Police then visited the kids’ home in Talty, outside of Dallas in Texas, where they found their mum, Connie Taylor, dead.
The 71-year-old, who is believed to have died from natural causes, previously fostered the boys and had recently finalised the adoption process.
The boys told police they thought she had passed out and had cared and fed themselves throughout the week, according to the publication.
They tried to call 911 for help but didn’t know Ms Taylor’s passcode and were afraid to go outside since they didn’t know their neighbours.
The children are being cared for by Children Protective Services, but one of Ms Taylor’s biological children is reportedly filing for custody.
A spokesperson for Forney Independent School District, where the boys attend school, said they are “thankful that our teachers are building relationships with families to know something wasn’t right, and for our officers that check in our families.”
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