A New Hampshire man agreed to watch over twin 9-year-old boys while their parents were in Africa, but left them mostly alone for four and a half months, authorities said. Giobari Atura, 25, of Manchester, the boys’ uncle, is free on $500 personal recognizance bail and faces charges for endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said they found no edible food in the apartment, other than Ramen noodles, but the boys had managed to get themselves to school for several months. Police said Atura would stop by every few days while the boys’ parents were in Nigeria and drop off some food.
The boys’ parents went overseas in July. They were due to return in August but said illness and passport problems delayed them.
According to court paperwork, police were alerted by the Division of Children Youth and Families on Nov. 5, when the twins told a social worker that they were taking care of themselves. School officials had alerted DCYF that the two boys had been living at the address for months while their parents were away in Africa.
“I think the kids came to school without a jacket and in flip flops in early November,” explained Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Valentine.
The boys told the social worker that they would wake up for school on their own, get ready, get on the bus, and eat breakfast and lunch at school.
“These kids were getting themselves out of the building, on the bus when they could, walking to school at other times, we are just really impressed with their resourcefulness,” Valentine said.