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Autistic Boy's 'Disappearance' Could Be Best Thing to Happen to Him
January 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Autistic Boy's 'Disappearance' Could Be Best Thing to Happen to Him

Posted by Jeanne Sager

Christina MilliganIt's one of those stories where you don't know whether the cry or cheer. A mother in Sacramento reported her 9-year-old autistic son was missing. But when cops showed up to take the claim, they say they found the boy in a bedroom of her absolutely filthy apartment.

It makes you question Christina Milligan's sanity for sure. How could she not know her child was right there? And what was she doing with him in an apartment that cops say was teeming with ockroaches, dirty diapers, trash scattered around and reeking of urine?

Horrifying. And yet ...

Cops came, didn't they?

They got this poor child out of there. He's now in the hands of Sacramento County Child Protective Services along with his sibling, while his mom is cooling her heels in jail.

It's the happiest ending you can get out of something so awful. This boy was allegedly found soaked in his own urine. And although we don't know where he was on the spectrum, the fact that cops made it a point to tell media that he was autistic means it's highly possible that he didn't have the means, at 9, to get himself out of those clothes or out of that awful situation.

There are many who think kids with autism are more likely to be victims of child abuse because their difficulty with social situations makes them less aware that they should be telling someone of their abuse. And of course kids on the spectrum who are non-verbal or have limited communication skills simply CAN'T tell anyone.

So let's look at this case again. We have a child stuck in squalor with a mother whose mental health or intelligence are questionable at best -- at least when you consider her odd call to police.

Was her call to the cops a blessing in disguise?


  • Genie2
    by Genie2
    January 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Sometimes the system works and sometimes it doesn't.  This time I think it worked out for the best.

  • darbyakeep45
    January 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM


  • letstalk747
    January 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    yes , it was

  • sammygrl77
    January 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM
    Yes it certainly was.
  • jjamom
    by jjamom
    January 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    That is disgusting!  I'm glad they got the kids out of there.

  • gma12.1
    by gma12.1
    January 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    It seems to be a blessing in disguise for the entire family. The kids are now in a safe and healthy environment. The mother if she actually has mental problems well it be mental illness or impairment she may too get the help she needs as well as a safe place for her. The idea that the kids were living that way for 9 years or how ever long it has been is hard to take and upsetting to put it mildly. At least they are safe!

  • valleymomma1
    January 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Hopefully they do not send him back to that situation & he gets a nice home to live in.

  • natesmom1228
    January 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM


  • lifeisajoy
    January 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    For sure a blessing!! That poor little boy!!

  • staci328
    January 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

     a couple years ago this little boy literally ran into my house and up to my room, he was skinny, hair was dirty, and looked like he just escaped out of a house like the one in the story. He also had a remote in his hands that he would'nt let go. When I asked him questions he would just repeat whatever I would say. My sister was on the phone with the police and they said a autistic child was just reported missing so they came and then the parents came. The father was so rude and was swearing at the little boy. I called the cop back a couple days later to ask him if he the little boy was ok and if he checked the house. He said he did and everything was ok. I guess this wasn't the first time he did this...but i still worry about the kind of situation he lives in because of how the father acted!

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