Missing Autistic Girl Found Safe

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A missing autistic 3-year-old girl is safe after wandering off at a family reunion in Halifax.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office says April Eubanks had been missing since around 9:30 Friday morning. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office, firefighters, and volunteers searched the area near Andrew Jackson School for the girl and found her around 2:00 p.m. along the banks of the Roanoke River, just a few blocks from where she disappeared.


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  • by Tellie G Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Good news -Thank goodness - whew! Some autistic children have no speech or may have strange speech patterns, they no fear and some feel no pain so spanking them, yelling at them or punishing them is meaningless. They are the perfect victims as Anonymous posted. No fear of fire, cars, water, heights, people, etc...all those things and situations that can easily hurt or kill them. That's why children and adults with autism need so much support and understanding, training and parents who are willing to be educated and trained in how to deal with an autistic child. Greenville is very fortunate to have the TEACCH program here. A regional center, one of nine across the state, available to diagnosis, treat and train persons with autism, their families, and the professionals who serve them like teachers, group home staffs, LEO's, firefighters and EMT's. With consistent application of appropriate help, most kids with autism get better. They require a lot of work and support from the entire family and caregivers. The earlier the education and training starts, the better it is for the child and everyone involved. Parents of kids with autism taught me the true meaning of love and acceptance. They are amazing. Sometimes it is not about what we can teach autistic kids, it is about what they can teach us. There are no shortcuts, there is no cure for autism and we do not know what causes it. Again, so happy she was found unharmed.
  • by DUCHESS Location: ENC on Jul 15, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    If you are having a family reunion, that usually indicates that there are lots of people around. How did one little girl get missing from a crowd of family members? The whole story doesn't make any sense to me.
  • by Anonymous Location: Farmville on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    Parents need to keep a much CLOSER eye on their kids, especially when you have a special needs child. Why would you let your 3 year old be alone long enough to get out of your sight? Call it over protective, but trust NO ONE and ALWAYS, ALWAYS Know Where YOUR Child is at ALL Times! Thank God the child is safe and nothing happened to her. The parents have a second chance, don't blow it, next time may not be such a good outcome!
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