An intellectually disabled, autistic boy who escaped from a locked respite home was found dead, face down in a creek.
Less than an hour passed between Julian Stacey, 11, disappearing from the Spectrum Care facility in Mangere and his being found by police in a nearby creek on Sunday afternoon....
Julian's death is not being treated as suspicious, but the care home had a padlock with a number combination and children are supposed to be supervised.....
He said it was possible Julian had learned the combination for the lock.
Mrs Hankins said Julian was autistic and had a severe intellectual disability.
"He would have no idea of personal safety," she said. ' Julian was a good climber who scaled fences easily and loved water. But he would never have waded deeper than waist-height, she said.
"They think he may have fallen and may have been unconscious when he got to the water."
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Assessing intellect in people like this is like looking for clear, colourless marbles in a bunch of transparent coloured ones.
The retardation (for want of a better term) is pervasive, sometimes very pervasive, but it is not global like it is in most intellectually retarded people.
I live with a child like this. She is of near normal, possibly above average intelligence so has grown out of escaping, mostly.
She still vanishes, in plain sight.
Turn your head for an instant and she is gone.
She comes back when called these days....most of the time....