NEWSER) – A 4-year-old boy in Buffalo, New York, is recovering after spending two days living on milk and maple syrup while trapped in an apartment with his dead mother,USA Today reports. A blood clot caused Shaleena Hamilton to fall down the stairs and break her neck earlier this month, according to Syracuse.comBuffalo News reports neighbors could hear Hamilton's son Bryan yelling, "Mom, wake up! I'm hungry," but they didn't do anything, figuring kids are always complaining about being hungry.

Police credit Taijuan Littleton, an employee at a Rent-A-Center where Hamilton was a frequent customer, for rescuing Bryan, according toUSA Today. Littleton grew concerned when Hamilton didn't return his calls about an upcoming appointment. On Dec. 4—the third day of calling—Bryan answered the phone and said he couldn't wake his mom up.

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