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Boy, 8, Spent 10 Days with Dead Mom

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Associated Press: An 8-year-old boy lived for more than a week with the body of his dead mother before telling a concerned shopkeeper his mom was "in a better place," police said. Gaynell Tipado, 41, apparently died Jan. 9 in their apartment in the Detroit suburb of Romulus, and the boy survived in part by eating dried rice, butter and flour, authorities said.

The family moved to Michigan from Louisiana after surviving Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Foul play was not suspected in Tipado's death, and an autopsy was pending.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 21, 2009, 11:31 AM

Where was this kid’s father?

anon January 21, 2009, 11:50 AM

Hes 8, he didnt run to the neighbors or call 911 or his dad or grandparents or anyone? Were his teachers concerned at all? So many questions.

jennyc January 21, 2009, 1:01 PM

Poor little guy! How scary that must have been for him. My prayers are with him.


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