As police were trying to get a man to open the door for a welfare check at a house in Virginia, a mother and two children emerged from a side door, claiming they hadn’t been allowed outside for two years. The mother and two children, aged 8 and 11, were taken to a local medical facility where the woman was given care for health conditions that had been left untreated for years, according to NBC affiliate WWBT. The two children were later released from the medical facility into the care of family members. Police added that neither of the children had ever been to a school.
According to police, the mother, 32, was the girlfriend of Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore, 43, the man who initially tried to prevent officers from entering the house. No missing persons report were ever filed for her or the couple’s children, police said. Police told the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star that they performed the welfare check at the request of a caller who said they were worried because no-one had seen any of the family who lived there in a long time. According to reports, every window of the home had been covered up so that no-one could see inside or out.
Speaking with the Washington Post, the suspect’s mother, Harriette Moore, said she hadn’t seen her son in five years.
“I’m trying to hold up,” she said. “I can’t get it together. He was raised correctly. I raised my children to make their own way and become someone in the world.”
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