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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wandering: A Tragedy in South Carolina

Many posts have discussed wandering. Many youths with autism are attracted to water, so drowning is a major hazard. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports:
Jayden Morrison’s family is devastated after the 4-year-old autistic boy from White Plains was found dead Friday morning in a pond near the family’s second home in South Carolina, two days after being reported missing. 
“I’m hurt,” Carolyn Sumpter, Jayden’s grandmother told The Journal News on Friday afternoon. “My body hurts. My heart hurts. 
Police, first responders, K9 units, dive teams and about 150 volunteers had been searching for the boy since he disappeared from the family’s vacation home in Little River, South Carolina, about 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. His mother, Tabatha Morrison, had gone shopping and left her three children at the home with the grandmother 
Sumpter, who regularly watched the boy at his White Plains home, where she lived with his parents, said minutes after the mother left she noticed the front door was ajar and the boy was missing 
“We’ve always been in a gated situation,” Jayden’s father, Andre Morrison, told reporters Thursday afternoon after he arrived in South Carolina from New York. “We knew he was a wanderer when he was younger, but he was always in an enclosement. We never put him in a position to go out and freely wander.”