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Older brother of slain infant was found wandering the streets in 2012, placed in state custody

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In the middle of the morning, the boy’s mother had fallen asleep in her car, parked just down the street from her Lynn apartment. Her boyfriend, Anthony Gideika, had passed out on the building’s front steps.

Her son, barely 2, was walking the streets alone.

The toddler crossed a busy street, two people familiar with the June 2012 case said Friday, and wandered by a nearby barbershop, where people called police. That day, child welfare workers took the boy from his home and into protective custody, never to return. The child, now 3, has special needs, according to one of the two people, and requires substantial care.

Less than a year later, the mother, Jennifer Nelson, had twins, who were born with drugs in their system. The state’s child welfare agency allowed them to stay in the home, even as they voiced concerns about the fitness of Nelson and Gideika to raise them.

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