Parents of “wolf children” on trial at Prague city court for child neglect
The mother and father of two boys, dubbed “wolf children” by the Czech media, are currently on trial at a Prague city court. In a shocking and unusual case of child abuse, the parents never let their sons out of the apartment, did not dress them and fed them only liquid food. They deny charges of abuse and say they simply wanted to raise their children in an alternative way.
“The parents face criminal charges because after the home birth of their two children, they kept their identity secret. The children never saw a doctor, were never take outside the flat. In addition, the parents neglected their hygiene and did not provide them with proper nutrition or toys. By neglecting them in this way, they inflicted grave damage on their children’s health.”
Poor hygiene was another problem – the parents had gotten rid of all electronic appliances in the household, since they considered them unnecessary, and washed nappies by hand. However, the mother and father claim that they simply considered clothing and leaving the house unnecessary for their children’s well-being and did not mean to inflict any harm on them. The mother says she herself has only left the house about three times in the last three years. Child therapist Dr. Petra Vrtbovská of the NGO NATAMA says that such bizarre parenting methods can be very dangerous.
However, Dr. Vrtbovská believes that the two wolf boys can overcome their developmental shortcomings with proper care. Experts say that cases such as this, while rare, show how important it is that neighbors who may suspect child abuse alert the authorities. The parents of the two boys may face up to 12 years in prison.