The neighbor of two starving autistic boys who were found locked up in a filthy bedroom defended their deceased father by saying that he “loved those children so much.”
The brothers, 17 and 19, were found naked Wednesday morning in a house in Stafford, north Brisbane, after their father was found dead in the next room.
They now receive specialist care in the hospital after they have been found to be severely malnourished.
Concerns have been raised about their well-being after disturbing images surfaced of the boys wearing diapers playing in a littered room and backyard two years ago.
But a neighbor, a woman named Wendy, who has known the siblings since they were babies, has defended their father.
Despite claiming that she would feed the brothers often, Wendy said that their father did not neglect them, because child protection considered him a “responsible caregiver.”
The brothers, 17 and 19, were discovered naked Wednesday morning in a house in Stafford, north Brisbane, after their father was found dead in the next room. They were 15 and 18 years old in this photo, but looked younger by wearing diapers
A neighbor, a woman named Wendy (pictured), has known the siblings since they were babies and often checked and fed them. She said that their father did not neglect them and that he “loved those children so much”
“Child safety considered (the father) as a responsible caregiver. He loved those kids so much, they were his world, ”said Wendy 7News.
“They (child safety) never have (come back). If they were so concerned about the boys, they would have gone to see it regularly. ‘
Wendy said the boys were not neglected while feeding them.
‘The boys played in the garden (Tuesday). I made sure they were fed. As much as I could do for them, I made sure it was done, ”she said.
But other neighbors have painted a very different picture of the deceased father.
A neighbor was so shocked at what she saw that she called the Child Safety Department in February – but claimed they did nothing to help the boys.
“This man always spoke to these children as if they were the scum on his shoes,” she said ABC.
“He would tell them to ‘keep the bastard shut.’
“As a punishment, he would lock them out and lock the front door, and once I saw him throw the kids out… and then he let the dog in. It was just gross. ‘
One of the boys with autism is sitting on a mattress in a diaper in 2018 (photo) in a photo of a concerned neighbor
Another neighbor claimed to be very familiar with the father and the boys, explaining that the father would regularly beg other people to take care of the teenagers.
“They seemed more of a burden to him than anything,” said the neighbor Courier post.
“He would hang his facade, he would normally be a very friendly guy who would ask you to do things for him and drive you to places – but if you said something he didn’t like, he would sue you.
“If you couldn’t hear the boys shouting out the window, you could hear (the father) going to (one of the boys), and (the boy) would never say a word.”
The neighbor claimed that all questions about the teen’s treatment would be answered with abuse, with their father accusing people of attempting to split up the family.
It is now known that the boys were known to the Child Safety Department, but an investigation was closed.
On October 1, 2018, shocking photos were taken showing the brothers when they were about 15 and 18 years old, but they look much younger.
One of the boys is wandering outside his house in a diaper (photo) in a photo from 2018
Their unnamed father and caregiver, aged 49, was found dead in another room.
After the police discovered their father was dead, they heard muffled noises from a back bedroom, finding the two teenagers in the dirt.
Daily Mail Australia understands that the boys were both non-verbal and their single father had been taking care of them alone for 13 years.
But neighbor Gayle Smith, who lived nearby, said he had been a good father before.
She said he had recently received a terminal illness diagnosis because she was told he was short on life.
“I spoke to the father about the alleged photos, but he denied it. He said “of course I don’t do something like that,” she said.
The photos showed the family’s garden littered with garbage, and child safety officers had previously visited the house
Pictures taken by a neighbor show the two boys in the room they lived in (photo) before they were rescued after their father’s death
“I think he might be too embarrassed to admit he couldn’t take care of them anymore.”
Mrs. Smith explained that she thought the father was also a victim.
She said the single father should have received more government support because of his health outlook.
Ms. Smith explained that her neighbor was “not a monster” and loved his boys very much.
“I’m just so sad people think the father was a monster,” she said.
Ms. Smith was shocked to learn about the circumstances the boys had been exposed to, but said he was “clearly not equipped” to deal with them, sharing fond memories of him as he took both sons to school and drew on them .
A bicycle is parked at the back of the Brisbane house, where a father died (pictured) and his two teenage sons were found locked up in a back room
He bought a bull mastiff cross-breed puppy that he and the boys all “adored” a few years ago, telling Mrs. Smith that the dog was great company for the kids.
On Thursday, she came to the house to check his dog’s well-being, but the council had since removed him from the property.
Another neighbor said the boys’ living conditions have deteriorated in recent years.
The resident, who chose to remain anonymous, told The Courier Mail that they “could hear them scream almost all the time because he would lock them in that room.”
“They wouldn’t wear clothes, just diapers they’d loaded if they were lucky,” said the neighbor.
“Sometimes you looked around and saw them playing with their own feces and pushing them through the screens.”
A note left by a ruined friend can be seen outside the property on Thursday (photo) after the father passed away
Complaints to the police and the Child Safety Department were ‘ignored’.
Another neighbor told Daily Mail Australia that the government had “abandoned the family.”
“The goddamn department needs a kick because they haven’t checked it clearly. If they helped, this might not have happened, “they said.
Both teens were rushed to Prince Charles hospital after Wednesday’s grim discovery, and police remain on the scene trying to investigate exactly what happened at home.
Officers do not treat Mr. Barrett’s death as suspect because it is believed that he suffered from various medical conditions.
The images show two boys, one on a mattress, in an enclosed room in a Brisbane house (photo), taken in 2018
Gayle Smith (pictured), a concerned friend of the teen’s father, came home Thursday morning to check the family dog’s well-being
They were first called home at seven in the morning on Wednesday and heard screams from the locked bedroom.
Police were unable to respond further to the incident.
A locksmith who appeared on the scene on Thursday morning changed the locks to the front doors.
Enthusiasts left a note on the fence saying, “We’ll miss you.”
A blue Nissan X-Trail with a P-plate was parked in the driveway on Thursday. A newspaper was left in the letterbox.
A cardboard box, an old microwave oven, paint buckets and children’s toys were displayed in front of the property.
Neighbors arrived at the house on Thursday to place flowers on the ground where the father died (photo)
The chamber doorknob had snapped and a spoon was placed in the lock as a replacement (shown)
The discovery comes just days after toddler Willow Dunn was found dead at her home on Cannon Hill – just 9 miles from Stafford.
The four-year-old with Down syndrome is said to have died of starvation.
Police say her body was found malnourished and decomposing in her bed at her Brisbane home on Monday, Monday, her face partially eaten by rats.
Her father, Mark James Dunn, 43, was charged with murder after allegedly finding the toddler dead on Saturday and calling no emergency services.
Willow’s body is said to have been found in a back bedroom in the rental house on Bent Street in Cannon Hill, where she lived with her father, stepmother and stepsister.
Willow’s stepmother and stepsister are not charged and there is no suggestion that they have done anything wrong.
A locksmith who appeared on the scene on Thursday morning changed the locks to the front doors (photo)
There were children’s toys and a football on the grounds where the two teenagers were found locked in a room (photo)