He waited until March 2012 to be rescued when a family friend raised the alarm. At the time, investigators said another month could have killed him.

After hours in court, the boy walked out of the room – away from stories of eating toothpaste to stave off hunger, away from the photo they showed him of his skinny self standing next to a police officer, away from drama that would later unfold when Glass cried as her own son testified about her.

Back then on Barna Avenue the boy called Glass “mom.”