‘Mowgli’ boys aged four and one rescued from disgusting flat

‘Mowgli’ boys aged four and one rescued from disgusting flat

‘Mowgli’ boys aged four and one rescued from disgusting flat after the elder child was spotted wandering the streets alone rummaging through bins for food in Ukraine

  • Aleksey, four, and Danya, one, were living in the filthy flat in Cherkasy, Ukraine
  • Aleksey was spotted by neighbours wandering alone in the street for food
  • Their mother Alena, 21, appeared after the police entered the apartment
  • The single mother told police ‘she did not have time for cleaning and cooking’ 

Two ‘Mowgli’ boys aged four and one were rescued from their squalid home after the elder child was spotted scavenging the streets alone in Ukraine. 

The children were discovered after four-year-old Aleksey was spotted wandering the streets in unwashed clothes, rummaging through garbage in the city of Cherkasy.

The police were called but Aleksey’s undeveloped speech meant he could not tell them where his mother was and instead led them to his home. 

The children’s mother Alena, 21, appeared half-an-hour after the police entered the apartment and told them ‘she did not have time for cleaning and cooking’. 

One-year-old Danya was found crawling naked on the floor and crying out for his mother when police entered the apartment in the city of Cherkasy, Ukraine

Aleksey, four, was spotted by neighbours wandering the streets alone and rummaging through bins in search of food

Their 21-year-old mother Alena appeared half-an-hour after the police arrived and said ‘she did not have time for cleaning and cooking’

The single mother was often seen drunk by her neighbours who had never seen her younger son. They say she never took the child outside for a walk. 

The front door of the cold apartment was open when the police arrived.

Inside the officers saw Aleksey’s one-year-old brother Danya crawling naked on the floor, crying and calling his mum.

Examining the kitchen, the cops found no food and a completely empty fridge.

Children’s toys, rubbish and cigarette butts were covering the floor, that was black from dirt.

Two sofas in the bedroom were so dirty that it was impossible to guess the colour. 

The terrible stench of rotting garbage was in every room, police said.

They were shocked to find exposed electric wires lying on the floor in the living-room. 

The filthy kitchen was piled high with rubbish and police said the apartment was covered in cigarette butts

One-year-old Danya sits on one of the filthy sofas, which were so dirty it was impossible to tell their original colour

Four-year-old Aleksey’s speech was so undeveloped he could not tell the police where his mother but led them to his home

Ukrainian authorities provide the children with milk and food after they discovered the squalid flat

Authorities said none of the boys had ever seen a doctor or attended kindergarten.

The children were removed from their mother and taken to an orphanage.

Victor Vichkan, the head deputy of local children protection service, said: ‘The mother is not interested in her sons’ fate. She has never visited the younger son in the orphanage. She is difficult to deal with.

‘A special commission is to decide whether she would be deprived of parental rights. It is more likely she would.’

Reports say Aleksey and Danya are doing well in the orphanage and do not even ask about their mother.

Animal welfare activists also removed the pet cat from the woman’s flat having doubts she is able to care for it.

The counter-tops in the kitchen were covered in unwashed plates which had cigarette butts inside them


A filthy kitchen counter and oven (left) and the fridge-freezer stands open and empty of any food (right)

Animal welfare activists said they removed a cat from the property fearing it had not been cared for properly

An animal activist told local media: ‘When we came to the flat, the front door was open and nobody was inside instead of the young skinny cat.

‘We removed the cat and took her to a vet clinic. We think somebody put out a cigarette on her head after finding a telling scar.

‘A woman wants to adopt the cat and take good care of her.’

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