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Military family asks for help after boy with autism has iPad stolen

Military family asks for help after boy with autism has iPad stolen


YEAR. (ANITA) TONIGHT — A LOCAL MILITARY FAMILY IS ASKING FOR HELP TRACKING DOWN THE CROOK WHO BROKE INTO THEIR CAR. (TOM) AMONG THE ITEMS STOLEN — AN I-PAD — BELONGING TO THEIR SON, WHO HAS AUTISM. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LIZ KILMER JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO — AND LIZ, THE I-PAD WAS USED FOR HIS THERAPY? (LIZ) NOT ONLY DID 4 YEAR OLD BRANDON USE IT FOR THERAPY BUT — (LIZ) —HIS FAMILY SAYS IT PROVIDED A WAY FOR HIM TO CONNECT WITH THEM. THAT IS — UNTIL SOMEONE STOLE IT FROM THEIR VAN, PARKED OUTSIDE THEIR NEWPORT NEWS HOME, SOMETIME BETWEEN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING. THE FAMILY REACHED OUT TO US FOR HELP. (ASHLEY LECHNER,MOTHER) “HE’S A FOUR YEAR OLD BUT FOR HIM HE IS NONVERBAL HE WILL BABBLE CONSTANTLY BUT WE CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE’S SAYING” (LIZ KILMER REPORTING) BUT WHEN USING HIS IPAD– ASHLEY LECHNER FEELS SHE IS ABLE TO COMMUNITE WITH HER SON. (ASHLEY LECHNER,MOTHER) “THE IPAD REALLY HELPED HIM EXPRESS HIMSELF TO US” “SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK OH IT’S JUST TECHNOLOGY BUT FOR A LITTLE KID WHO CANNOT TALK.. IT REALLY OPENS UP A LOT OF DOORS FOR US” BUT THE IPAD IN BRANDON’S HANDS IS HIS SISTERS. HIS — IS GONE. (ASHLEY LECHNER,MOTHER) “THE IPAD HAD FALLEN OFF OF MY SON’S LAP SO IT WAS JUST ABOUT RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTER.” IT WAS TAKEN BY THIEVES — LECHNER SAYS — AS THE FAMILY’S VAN WAS PARKED RIGHT OUTSIDE THEIR HOME. (ASHLEY LECHNER,MOTHER) “THIS WAS OPENED AND EVERYTHING IN HERE WAS RIPPED OUT AND LAID ON THE SEAT AND THIS WAS STILL OPEN WHEN WE WALKED OUT” A RUDE AWAKENING FOR THE MILITARY FAMILY WHO JUST “IT IS VERY SCARY BECAUSE WE WERE ALL IN HERE SLEEPING SO WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY GOT IN, WE JUST KNOW THAT THEY TOOK SOMETHING VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND MAINLY OUR FOUR YEAR OLD SON WHO HAD GROWN VERY VERY ATTACHED TO IT.” “HE CAN DO LIKE PUZZLES AND DIFFERENT MATCHING EXERCISES” THE DAYS WITHOUT IT – HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT. SHE HOPES ANYONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THIS CRIME — WILL COME FORWARD. (ASHLEY LECHNER,MOTHER) “IF THEY COULD FIND IT IN THE KINDNESS OF THEIR HEART TO LET THE POLICE KNOW SO THAT WE CAN SOMEHOW TRY TO GET IT BACK.” (LIZ) ACCORDING TO POLICE — ANOTHER CAR WAS ALSO RUMMAGED THROUGH ON THE BLOCK DURING THAT SAME TIME FRAME. THERE’S NO SUSPECT INFORMATION JUST YET BUT OFFICERS ARE INVESTIGATING.


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