How could they do it ?

By ROXANNE MILLAR

SCHOOL holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but for one Banora Point family they will represent extreme difficulty as they try to deal with their distraught intellectually disabled child. Eight weeks ago thieves broke into Naomi Adams' unit, making off with DVDs, video games, an X-box and its controls and steering wheel. They were the few items that keep her severely intellectually disabled son Trent interested in life. Unable to communicate or care for himself, Trent had found solace in the items because they were easy to control. Without them he has spiralled into fits of aggression and depression. His family fears his problems will worsen when the school holidays start and he has more time on his hands. "These thieves stole my son's world. They took the interest of life away from a little boy who cannot talk or understand why this happened," said Ms Adams. "With a disability he does not have many friends, and these games were what kept him happy. He was very pedantic with them and looked after them perfectly. "With his low motor skills the steering wheel games were the only things he could do. "Without them he has been acting really funny. He spends a lot of his time in his room reading magazines and he bursts into tears at the drop of a hat." Ms Adams said Trent's reaction to the random robbery had affected the whole family, who were unable to get through to him that there was no danger any more. "He cries when he sees a police car. My daughter has tried to be strong but she gets upset by the fact the thieves broke in through her bedroom window. "It really is heartbreaking. After the robbery I had to go and sit in the backyard and I just sobbed for about 20 minutes. These are just poor, innocent kids." Ms Adams has urged people who may have bought the stolen items to return them. "We don't know how Trent will handle the holidays without them. And they are very expensive to replace. "Perhaps talking to the media might also make people more aware that these things do happen. They might lock their doors." Police did investigate the robbery. To return items call Naomi on 0401 444 072. n Editorial page 10



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