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Children Found Alone with a Man's Body in Columbus Home
NORTH COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- Two young Columbus girls were left to fend for themselves for days after their caregiver apparently died in the home, police said.
Police said the girls were discovered when officers responded to a well-being check around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Neighbors called 911 when they hadn't seen the resident for over a week and smelled something foul coming from the Summit Street home. They said that when they peeked inside, they saw a naked man face down on the couch with a gun nearby.
The responding officers said they found two girls, ages 5 and 6 years old, and a man dead on the couch.
"How were they able to survive a week without food without water?" asked Tameka Head, a neighbor. "And just the smell -- we could smell through our apartments. I can't even imagine the smell, being inside with a dead body."
Neighbors said the man was always willing to help and seemed to take good care of the girls. They said they knew something was wrong when the mail started piling up, then when they started smelling the odor.
"That's what bothers me, because I can hear everything," Head said. "So for me not to even hear them in the house next to me -- I wonder what they were doing the entire time their dad was dead."
A source told ABC 6/FOX 28 that the man may have died a week or two before officers arrived.
The children were transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital to be checked out. They were placed in foster care Friday.
Police did not immediately release the man's name or cause of death.