This case has more twists and turns than expected. First, it was the disturbing report of a call that was made last Saturday morning at 381 Old Colony Ave. for a person in cardiac arrest. In addition, to a person found dead in the apartment, first responders, BFD, also discovered alcohol, drugs, sex toys, and four children, ages 5 to 10, living in deplorable conditions – initially being hidden from firefighters.
BFD filed a 51A form – a form via the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families that allows one to Report of Child(ren) Alleged to be Suffering from Abuse or Neglect. The four children involved were removed from the apartment and are currently in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
On Thursday, the BPD came out with a conflicting report of the incident refuting that there were drugs, sex toys etc. on scene. According to the Globe, there were two reports filed by the police. The initial report did not mention children at the scene at all. On Sunday, police then created a supplemental report and filed a 51A, a report of possible abuse or neglect, with the DCF “regarding conditions in the home.”
Mayor Michelle Wu is also disputing “some of the information that’s been floating out there,” saying that it didn’t come directly from first responders. Wu said “there have been some second- and third-hand accounts from those who were not at the scene,” and do not match reports that were filed.
Now the fire union is pushing back at the mayor and police, saying firefighters stand by what they reported. According to the Boston Herald, Sam Dillon, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718, defended the firefighters.
“Local 718 stands squarely behind the actions taken by our firefighters,” Dillon told the Herald on Friday. “The integrity of the firefighters involved in this incident is beyond reproach. Their swift action to address what they encountered should be commended by everyone involved.”
Dillion went on to add that the incident report written by BFD is accurate – “100% accurate.” He also mentioned that firefighters arrived prior to police officers and encountered a different scene than was described by the police department in a Thursday night statement. You can read that report here.
The report written by the BFD states that the adults they encountered at the incident were uncooperative and did not provide helpful information. “All adults present denied having children inside the apartment,” the fire department report states.”
Dillon also stated that there was drug paraphernalia present in the apartment, and the death appeared to be caused by a drug overdose.
The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office. You can read the full details via the Herald here.
So now what? Will there be a follow-up report from BPD or the City of Boston? We’re guessing probably not.
Sam Dillon also posted the following on Instagram: