Samaritan who picked up wandering kids speaks out
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man is being called a hero after he spotted two children, ages 7 and 5, wandering the streets.
The children ran from their father's house, en route to their mother's house, miles away, after being left home alone for two days without food.
Adam Alper, the Good Samaritan, saw the young boys attempting to cross the intersection of Broward Boulevard and 18th Avenue Wednesday.
"I just want to think that nobody saw them," Alper said, "that nobody actually drove by these two crying kids in the street."
When Alper checked on the boys, Sevastian and Stephan Maxime asked to be taken to their mother's home. Though the children were unable to give directions to her house, Alper took the boys to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, where the boys told police their father frequently left them alone.
Alper stayed with the children, going as far as bringing his fiance's kids to sit and color with the two young boys until they were able to get a hold of their mother. "It's two little kids," Alper said. "You stop and help them."
The father is facing neglect charges and is being held on $2,000 bond. If the father does get out, the judge ordered him to stay 500 feet away from both children. "The court is very concerned with the situation regarding your two small children," Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley said.
"I asked them what they thought about their dad and they just had horror stories," Alper said. "It was just horror stories."
Alper went on to say, "I just think it's something anyone should've done. I think it's crazy that such a little good deed is such a big deal, and I'm on news stations and on the front of newspapers. Anyone should have done this."
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