Council president calls for investigation into toddler found at Boston’s Mass and Cass


City Council President Ed Flynn is calling for the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct an investigation, after authorities discovered a 2-year-old boy spent a night in the violent, drug-ridden Mass and Cass zone.

The toddler was seen inside a car parked in a lot on Massachusetts Avenue last Thursday night, with his mother asleep behind the wheel, but it wasn’t until past 8 a.m. the following morning that a street outreach worker alerted authorities about a woman with a “baby” on Southampton Street, a Boston Police report states.

Southampton and its surrounding areas, the report notes, “are known for the avid use of drugs, illegal drug sales, human trafficking and violence.”

“I think it’s a troubling development,” Flynn told the Herald Monday. “I want to first acknowledge the professionalism of our first responders, but having a child in the Mass and Cass zone is horrific, and it’s certainly child endangerment.”

Flynn sent an email to Dr. Bisola Ojikuto, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, on Monday night, requesting an investigation into the matter, to determine how long and how often the child has been there.

He also wants to know whether this was an isolated incident or if other children have been found in the area, including underneath the tents on Atkinson Street.

The BPHC deferred comment to the Department of Children and Families, which has taken custody of the child, and to the report provided by Boston Police. A spokesperson for DCF said it has received a 51A child abuse or neglect form for the incident, and “is investigating.”

According to the police report, the 34-year-old woman stated she was on Southampton Street last Friday morning because her car was towed from a McDonald’s parking lot, at 870 Mass. Ave., the night before.


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