Police remove autistic child from home filled with ‘trash, filth’

Middletown police performed an emergency removal of a 10-year-old autistic child who was found living in a filthy home in the 900 block of Beech Street.

Police were called Wednesday afternoon after the child, wearing a diaper covered in feces, walked into a nearby residence on Tytus Avenue.

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When police arrived, they found the child standing in the alley. The child began going through the garbage that was in the alley, according to the report.

When told by police to stop, the boy threw a jar at the officer. Police got the child away from the broken glass and placed him in the back of a cruiser, according to the report.

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Several minutes later, police were contacted and asked by a woman if they had seen her son. The 30-year-old woman told police her son had autism and had been missing for about 20 minutes.

When police returned the boy to his home, they were “overcome” with the odor of human urine and fecal matter in the house, according to the police report.

One officer said he began “gagging and dry heaving a little.” The officers saw cockroaches on the walls and a dirty mattress lying on the floor, according to the report.

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The boy’s mother told police she was on her computer when her son got out of the house.

There were four cameras on the front porch pointing in different directions, though police were unsure whether the cameras were installed as a criminal deterrent or a way to monitor the boy, according to the police report.

After removing the child, police contacted Butler County Children Services.

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