4-year-old Bryan Allen, Jr. was found with his dead mother Shaleena Hamilton, 43, two days after her death. She died of natural causes. He reportedly survived on milk and maple syrup.
Bryan was discovered after a concerned Rent-a-Center employee stopped by their home after Bryan told an employee over the phone that his mom wouldn’t wake up.
When Taijuan Littleton, a father of three, arrived at the Delavan Avenue apartment, he could see the little boy inside wearing only a diaper with his mother collapsed on the floor.
“I realized right there it was not good,” said Littleton.
Using his fatherly skills, while employees at the Rent-A-Center store kept the boy on the phone, Littleton was able to get the boy to open the door. “I wrapped him up in a cover and took him outside to my van because it was very cold that day, just to get him out of the house,” added Littleton.
Now Buffalo Police are trying to make sure the little boy has a wonderful Christmas. The department started by purchasing a bicycle for the child, but it was soon joined by gifts from many police officers, friends and community members.
People are still turning in gifts at police precincts around Buffalo. Buffalo Police said they will make sure all the donations get to the family, with items they cannot use being donated to other needy families.
During a morning presentation, the gifts were given to relatives and driver Taijuan Littleton thanked for his efforts to go and check on the boy.
“Thank God he was smart enough to realize that something was wrong and he pursued it, saw her there (mother on the floor) and called us,” said Lt. Steve Nichols, community officer for the Buffalo Police Department.
Since the story was reported, the Buffalo police has been inundated with Christmas gifts for the Bryan.