Police: Quadriplegic man abandoned in Philadelphia park; mother found in Maryland

Montgomery County, Md. police have located a woman accused of leaving her 21-year-old quadriplegic son in the woods in Philadelphia. Nyia Parler, 41, was found in Silver Spring, and is currently being treated at a hospital. 

Police believe the man, who was discovered around 9 p.m. on Friday night, had been in the woods in a Cobbs Creek, Pa. park since Monday. Authorities found the man after a witness came across him while walking in the woods. He was found lying in the leaves with nothing but a blanket, a Bible, and a wheelchair nearby. 

Montgomery County police say they are assisting Philadelphia police with the case. They won't say why she's being held in the hospital. Once Parler is released from the hospital, she will have to be extradited back to Philadelphia, and that hearing will likely happen in a Montgomery County courtroom.

The warrant for Parler's arrest has been signed, but has not been served yet. Once she is arrested, Philadelphia police say she is likely to face aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Authorities say the woman's boyfriend, who lives in Maryland, called police and told them she had been staying there. They say hours before they found her, she had been shopping. 

Police say Parler's son is severely disabled, and also suffers from cerebral palsy. He has not been able to communicate with police on how he wound up in the park. The man was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, where he is listed in stable condition. He was being treated for malnutrition, dehydration and a laceration on his back.

"It's heartbreaking to see another human especially your mother can treat someone like that," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said Saturday afternoon.
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