«This awful case is related to moral responsibility. People should be more active and report situations that seem suspicious,» – Chief of Latvian State Police Ints Kuzis commented on the tragedy in Dobele, in which parents died of narcotics overdose, leaving four children alone in an apartment. One of those children, an infant, died of hunger.
Kuzis added that police has never seen such shocking irresponsibility from people.
Without other people’s help, the police have no one to make accountable, Kuzis explained.
He said he was shocked when he learned of other people’s indifference. Children left on their own in the apartment cried for several days. The window was open, but no one reported children’s cries to the police. SP Zemgale Regional Department’s Chief Andris Zellis said residents claimed they heard nothing strange. «If the woman’s mother hadn’t reported anything to us, no one can say what would have happened to the rest of the children,» – he said.
A couple died in a social home in Dobele. One version is that they died from narcotics overdose. A nine-month-old infant was found dead in the apartment as well. Presumably, the child died of hunger.
On Wednesday, 4 January, State Police Chief Ints Kuzis and Chief of SP Zemgale Department Andris Zellis informed journalists of the tragedy. Police found out about the situation after receiving a request from the mother of the woman that died in the apartment. Her mother was worried because she could not contact her daughter for two weeks.
Upon arriving at the scene, police officers found that the window of the apartment was open and children’s cries were heard coming from the apartment. Officers then called in rescuers, who entered the apartment through the window.
Kuzis then said police officers saw a terrifying scene. On the bed of the apartment police officers found the corpses of a 1966-born man and a 1993-borm woman. Under the bed police officers found the body of a nine-month-old child. It was concluded that the infant died of hunger.
Police also found three surviving children in the apartment. All of them were weak from hunger. Their fate will now be decided by the orphan court.
The last time the woman was seen alive was 27 December. It is possible that the couple died on the same day. The exact time of death of the infant is currently unknown.
No signs of violence were found on the bodies. The currently accepted version is that the couple died from narcotics overdose. The children’s grandmother informed the police that the head of the family had previously used narcotics. Officers did find signs of narcotics use in the apartment.