It'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.
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!
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!