Emaciated 5-year-old, dead woman found in East Pittsburgh home

October 6, 2018
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A notice from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office seals the door of a house in East Pittsburgh where police found a 32-year-old woman dead and an emaciated 5-year-old boy on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Linda Wesolek glanced at the house next door from her East Pittsburgh front porch and shook her head in sadness.

“It’s just horrible,” she said Thursday. “It’s so sad.”

The previous night she saw the police cars and ambulances packing the sloping, brick-paved street. Her husband later saw the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office vehicle, and they knew tragedy had struck.

She later learned her 32-year-old neighbor, Touzre White, was found dead inside the narrow, three-story home in the 600 block of Main Street.

An emaciated 5-year-old boy was found inside.

Lt. Andrew Schurman, of the Allegheny County police, said the residence was in deplorable condition as a result of hoarding.

The boy was listed in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital.

A silver oxygen tank sat on the front porch along with a sign taped to the screen door that read, “Warning! No Smoking. No Open Flame. Oxygen in use.”

Wesolek, who has lived in her home for 25 years, said she didn’t know details of White’s medical condition. She said the home’s owner, a woman, often stopped by with groceries.

“I knew her to say, ‘hello,’” she said of White. “She seemed like a loving person. I only saw the boy a couple of times.”

Police did not say whether the woman was the child’s mother or otherwise related.

East Pittsburgh police were called to the home about 8 p.m. Wednesday to check on the woman’s welfare. They discovered the woman’s body and found the child.

“I knew something terrible had happened when I saw the all the police,” Wesolek said. “Oh my, it’s sad.”

Schurman said foul play is not suspected.

He said the woman “had a number of pre-existing health conditions.”

The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of her death.

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