Toddler Survived For Days On His Own After Mother And Brother Died Suddenly

By Michael Avery in News On 7th October 2015


Following a tragic turn of events in Los Angeles, USA, a toddler was left alone for days inside an apartment after his mum died suddenly.

The two-year-old boy was found wandering around helplessly, severely dehydrated and distressed, by police investigating reports from a neighbour about a crying child.

His mother, Erika Tomassian, was found dead in a seated position on the floor at the Hollywood apartment, the Daily News reported. The body of his one-year-old brother was found strapped into a chair nearby, who is believed to have choked to death.


Police in Los Angeles did not release any identities, but neighbours named the mother and said she had only recently adopted the two boys, named as Nathan and younger brother Michael. Authorities said she was raising the boys alone.

Firefighters broke into the apartment through a second floor window, where they found the tragic scene around 3pm on Monday.

LAPD spokeswoman Liliana Preciado told the Daily News:

"It's very sad. He [Nathan] was fending for himself, opening drawers and trying to find food."

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The cause of death for Ms Tomassian, who is believed to have been around 45 years old, is unclear. Some reports claimed that she may have been suffering from bronchitis while police said she had visited her doctor just days ago, but the reason was not disclosed.

Baby Michael choked to death on food, Preciado said. His death was ruled accidental, and there was no evidence of foul play. Nathan was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is reportedly in a stable condition.


He is thought to have been alone with the bodies of his mum and brother for two days.

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