- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman accused of dumping her quadriplegic son in the woods of a Philadelphia park for five days so she could visit her boyfriend in Maryland has waived her preliminary hearing on attempted murder and related charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1JciaBK ) reports that Monday’s decision by 41-year-old Niya Parler means the case will proceed directly to trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

Authorities allege that Parler abandoned her 21-year-old son in April in a wooded area around the corner from his west Philadelphia home next to his wheelchair and a Bible before taking a bus to visit her boyfriend.

Police say the son, who has cerebral palsy, had no food or water during the cold, rainy ordeal. He was treated at a hospital for malnutrition, dehydration and abrasions.

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