Mom who allegedly abandoned quadriplegic son arraigned in Philadelphia

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Nyia Parler

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The woman who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in the woods to visit her boyfriend in Maryland was in a Philadelphia court on Friday morning.

41-year-old Nyia Parler was arraigned on attempted murder and related charges.

She remains jailed on $2.5 million bail.

Earlier this week, Parler was arrested on fugitive of justice charges after being released from a Maryland hospital. She was later extradited to Philadelphia.

Police say she left her 21-year-old, Daequon Norman, alone in a wooded area in Philadelphia's Cobbs Creek section.

Daequon is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He's must use a wheelchair and has no verbal communication skills.

According to authorities, Parler laid him on the ground and left him there for at least a week with only a blanket and a Bible.

On the night of April 10th, a man walking on a trail made the discovery at 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.

Fitzroy Anderson told Action News he was out walking near Cobbs Creek Park when he spotted two deer.

"When I came right here I saw two deer, right over there. I got my camera to take my pictures and they ran down the creek," Anderson said. "So I followed them down the creek and I saw a wheelchair."

When he turned to go back, Anderson saw something else in the underbrush.

"I saw a nice little package, nice and neat. It had a little stick on it. What caught my eye was the stick on it was like a cross. It really caught my eye," he said.

Anderson nudged it with his foot and something moved. Anderson ran, thinking it was a wild animal. However, because of what he found, he soon decided to call police.

Police arrived to find Daequon, who had been missing for five days. Anderson led officers to that package.

"And when they opened it, it was a Bible on top of his chest. After I saw the bible, I just walked away. I didn't see his face, I didn't see what he looked like, I just walked away," he said.

Daequon Norman was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment.