Neighbors Defend Mother Of Special Needs Child Found Alone

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(Tipton County) WREG has found out much more about the special needs boy found wandering alone in the cold Monday in Tipton County.

He is not in school, even though he should be in the first grade, but some neighbors insist his mother is a good parent.

The 6-year-old, who officials believe is autistic and unable to speak, was found barefoot and only wearing pajamas.

He was cold, shaking, and scared, standing alone in a flooded drainage ditch about a half mile from his home.

He has been removed from his mother's home and placed in the care of a relative by the Department of Children's Services.

Officials with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office said the boy's mother, Kirah Vickers, was asleep when the child left the house early Monday morning.

WREG did knock on Vickers door to give her the opportunity to explain what happened in her own words. Someone was home, but they wouldn't answer the door.

A neighbor said Vicers is a good mother.

"She looks after him," the woman said. "She's always watching him. She won't even let him out of her sight...she was crying hysterically. She was worried to death."

Officials said there was no sign of physical abuse to the boy, but until they are able to finish their investigation, he will not be returned to his mother's custody.

It is a decision that has Vicker's neighbors torn.

"They ought to just keep their nose out of it and give her her kid back," one woman said.

However, another neighbor, who has worked as a foster parent before, said sometimes it is exactly what is needed.

"Some are heartbreaking. Some, the family gets the help they need and they rejoin and live happy. You just never really know the outcome."

The boy was taken to the hospital and treated for exposure and released.

Deputies found his mom when they started knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

There is no word on if she will face charges.


  • b12

    He is a lucky little boy to have been found safe and alive. Those flood waters could of swept him away just as they did the little girl who was playing out side in the parents flooded yard. Where were the parents of that child? I have heard no one ask those parents where they were at? This child should be in school as the state does provide programs for special need children, and he might come out of the non talking if he was in school. This mom needs to get him enrolled and let him go to school, but that is not the subject here. I wish the best to the parent and she can be THANKFUL that the child is with a family member at this time. She will get him back, but she has to keep her eyes on him, set the locks up further on the door to keep him inside. These kids know more than what people give them FULL CREDIT for. I wish her the best and to be back with her son soon.

  • Lydia Alexandra

    I am a homeschooling mom of two sons who happen to have Autism. Unless you have lived with Autism, you have no idea what you are talking about. This could happen to any one of us. Do you sleep? Shower? Use the restroom? It takes a few seconds for a child to wander. I keep my children at home because the state run programs you’re glorifying were horrible. I picked my child up from his second day with a huge gash on his face and no one could tell me how it happened although he was supposed to have a one on one aide all day. He was nonverbal at the time. So yea, it could happen to anyone. Did you hear of Avonte? HE WAS AT SCHOOL AND HE WANDERED AND IS NOW DEAD.

  • Kimmie

    I totally agree with Lydia! Obviously there is a huge amount of education needed regarding autism and wandering! Autistic children are also very often drawn to water. The media coverage of this incident is egregious! There is tons of info available on the internet on the subject. This is not bad parenting! All of the negative comments shows ignorance of autism. This is the hard cold reality of living with autism. So thankful the baby was found safe and praying this mom gets her baby back soon and that she is given the support she needs.

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