Children in NYC shelter are being attacked by pests, parents say

THE BRONX — A mother and father say their children are being attacked by fleas and rodents while they sleep.

They live in a homeless shelter on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx and said they have complained multiple times but nothing has been done.

"My 5-year-old can't go to school, attacked by fleas from the mice in our room. The entire building is infested," said the children's father, who did not want to be identified.

They have three boys, ages 7, 4, and 3.

"I see a mouse at night," their 7-year-old boy said.

The father was laid off and the mother is a full-time student. Like so many other families in our city, they never thought they would end up homeless.

They say they feel stuck.

"I have no option to go anywhere else," said the mother, who did not want to be identified.

PIX11 News reached out to the Department of Homeless Services.

"We are deeply concerned by these conditions," a spokesperson for the agency said. "We have identified a unit in a different building for this family and will move them as soon as they confirm they are packed and ready. We are sending a building inspector to this location today."

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