The mother of a 21-year-old quadriplegic man left in a wooded area of a Philadelphia park for five days with just blankets and a bible waived her right to fight extradition from Maryland during a court proceeding Tuesday.
Nyia Parler appeared before a Rockville, Maryland judge via a closed circuit television around 1 p.m. She was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant Monday, Maryland authorities said.
Parler, 41, is accused of dumping her son, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is bound to a wheelchair, on a pile of leaves and sticks off Cobbs Creek Parkway sometime before she boarded a bus on April 6, according to investigators. She then left to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, police said.
A passer-by found the man five days later. The son was laying on the ground, the wheelchair off to the side, covered in blankets and with a bible on his chest. Police took him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment of malnourishment and exposure. He remains hospitalized, police said.
Detectives tracked down Parler and issued a warrant for her arrest. But she had to be hospitalized last weekend for an undisclosed illness, police said.
Parler is expected to be charged with a number of crimes including attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care-dependent person.
Her Philadelphia attorney was not present at the hearing. Philadelphia Police have seven days to bring her back from Maryland.
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Lt. John Walker with the Southwest Detective Division tells NBC10 a decision has yet to be made as to when police will pick her up.