A mother has said her three-year-old autistic son is still traumatized after being bitten by rats in his sleep at their Brooklyn home.
‘There was blood all over his pillow,’ said Marilyn Abreu, about her son Nathaniel, whose autism meant he didn’t cry out for help.
Abreu took her son to the hospital on August 21 after the attack where doctors confirmed he had bite marks over his face, neck and feet.
‘I”m right here in the next room, and I didn’t hear nothing. That’s what hurts me most,’ said Abreu.
The rat infestation is due to a closed subway entrance below Abreu’s apartment and she says she has repeatedly complained about the vermin.
Other neighbors are also annoyed at the rats chewing through their walls. RATS Attacked A 3yr Old Autistic Boy In His Sleep
‘My cat killed one rat in front of my door,’ said one man. ‘It’s ridiculous, I call my landlord all the time, but no one calls back.’
Abreau though is more concerned for her son, who she says is now unable to sleep.
‘I’m scared,’ she said to NBC New York. ‘And my son, he doesn’t want to sleep in his bed.