A 7-year-old autistic child says he was arrested for leaving his mother and father behind after he was diagnosed with autism.
A judge ordered the child’s parents not to contact the child and his attorney said his client will plead guilty to leaving the child in the care of his grandparents.
The boy told his attorney Wednesday that he was at home when he and his mother walked into the family’s home in the 4100 block of East Lake Avenue.
“My mom said, ‘You don’t have to come with me,'” the boy told a judge.
A judge said the boy was arrested when his grandparents were at home with their daughter.
When asked if he was home, the boy replied, “Yes, my mom and dad.”
He said he was told by the parents, who have a child, that they would be there for him if he needed anything.
He added that the grandparents didn’t let him touch the child because he was autistic.
After he was detained, he was charged with leaving the home without permission.
During the hearing, the court clerk told the judge that the boy had a history of autism, and he told the court he didn’t understand why he would be charged with a crime.
I was just wondering, what are you trying to accomplish here?
I have no idea.
In a statement, the family said their son was treated well by the police, and that he and the other boy did not enter the home during the incident.
The parents have since moved out of the home and have not seen their son, the statement said.