MANCHESTER, NH – Giobari Atura, 25, of 543 Lincoln St., is free on $500 personal recognizance bail after he was charged in November with child neglect.
According to a Union Leader story, Atura was asked to care of his twin nephews, age 9, while their parents traveled to their home country of Nigeria in July. The parents were supposed to return in August but were delayed due to illness and passport issues.
The boys were getting themselves back and forth to school by bus at Weston Elementary for months. Someone at the school notified the state Division of Children, Youth and Families that the children had been left alone and largely unsupervised.
The case was mentioned during a December Manchester Police Commission meeting, which stated that Manchester Police Juvenile Division had been investigating the matter, and that Atura had been charged with child endangerment.
According to court documents, Atura told police based on his work schedule he stopped by to check in on the boys three days a week, and that they were told to call him if they needed anything. Police said in the affidavit that there was little food and no working phone found inside the Karatsas Avenue apartment.
The parents were contacted by authorities in late November and said they were assured by Atura that all was well with their sons.
The boys were placed in foster care, according to the Union Leader, and a trial date for Atura was set for April 23.