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A JohnsonThis senseless tragedy has been brought to you by autism. Our hearts go out to the family of Aiden Johnson, age 3.

From 4029TV.com (link has been removed on the 4029 site.) in Osage, Arkansas:

Osage, Ark. -- Officials in Carroll County said the body of 3-year-old was found by search parties near Osage Creek Tuesday afternoon.

The boy has been missing from the area of County Road 924 near Osage since about 4:30 p.m. Monday, police said. Authorities called helicopters to continue the search Monday night.

The Carroll County judge said the initial cause of death is drowning.

Comments

Rich

Our thoughts and prayers are with Aiden's family and nothing and noone escape the watchful eyes of God.

Judy Converse MPH RD LD

One child in my caseload age 8 with autism wandered despite substantial locks on all the doors in her house. She was found chest deep in a rushing river in spring time, just in time, and was pulled out. She was mesmerized by water and often wanted to watch the river. It was a close call. I am so very sorry and sad to hear that Aiden was not this fortunate. Indeed, how can Offit and Gerberding sleep at night.

Mariame Boujlil


My heart aches evry time a child with autism is missing and borken when I hear that he /she is lost forever or dead.
I am a mother of Zaki who just turned 7 but believe it or not I can't even sleep well. I ahve to check on him periodically to make sure that he does not wander away, I ahve special locks and I avoid water fountains, lakes, beach and even water beds, anything that has water will trigger his attention, tantrum, .... very uncontrollable behaviors.
My deepest condoleances to the family and Baby Aike rest in Peace!!!!!


ALL THOSE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE,PLEASE THINK ABOUT US, STOP BEING SELFISH CARELESS.
THIS IS SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WAKE UP GUYS, YOU ARE KILLING OUR KIDS ONE AT A TIME.

Mariame

My heart aches evry time a child with autism is missing and borken when I hear that he /she is lost forever or dead.
I am a mother of Zaki who just turned 7 but believe it or not I can't even sleep well. I ahve to check on him periodically to make sure that he does not wander away, I ahve special locks and I avoid water fountains, lakes, beach and even water beds, anything that has water will trigger his attention, tantrum, .... very uncontrollable behaviors.
My deepest condoleances to the family and Baby Aike rest in Peace!!!!!


ALL THOSE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE,PLEASE THINK ABOUT US, STOP BEING SELFISH CARELESS.
THIS IS SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WAKE UP GUYS, YOU ARE KILLING OUR KIDS ONE AT A TIME.

bensmyson

Went missing from his grandparents house, slipped away around 3:30 in the afternoon, they had over 500 people searching, two helicopters, another large group went out Tuesday morning and shortly after found him in a creek.

The entire community is heartbroken.

Stagmom

We expect Ari Ne'emans' heartfelt response to this tragedy any moment. Don't we? Don't we?

Sylvia

This is so awful - there are no words for it. This beautiful boy is in the morgue, and Offit is home lighting his cigars with hundred dollar bills. Julie Gerberding is looking at the 2011 BMW catalogue. Marie McCormick is planning her summer in the Hamptons. Gardner Harris is polishing his awards for fine "journalism". The world is definitely not a fair place. My heart aches for Aiden's family. I hope they can find some sort of peace someday.

dan olmsted

So sad -- and how much play did this get on the news as opposed to the 12-year-old girl who was found? The disparity unfortunately emphasizes the "good news," when the truth is autism is just about uniformly awful.

Stacie Nelson

As a mom of an 11 year old Autistic son, I cannot imagine the loss, under any circumstances. It's difficult to understand why things happen and I know people would like to believe everything happens for a reason; maybe it does, but it does not take away the pain for the parents of this beautiful child. If the parents are reading this; please believe this is not your fault and please dont try and go back in your thoughts because everything is 20/20 after the fact. Aiden was a beautiful child and allow him to remain so in your hearts. I know he is with you and would want you to know he is now happy and playing somewhere with his new friends who will protect him until you see him again. Believe you will be with him someday and live your life now with that thought in mind. If you hold him close to your hearts and thoughts, he will be with you always! God Bless you and little Aiden is in the hands of our Father, holding him close for you until you are together again.

Dadvocate

As many know, I am a safety advocate. As a result, I get every horrific story sent to me. This is yet another tragic one. I get at least one a day. Sometimes more. They involve everything from death and wrongful incarceration to happy rescues. I feel a punch in the gut most times they cross my desk.

If we don't get our own act together in the autism community, shame on us. Everyone caring for someone with a diagnosis or those with autism who are themselves able to deal with the issues should study and prioritize safety techniques (Hint: swimming lessons...early.)

Many of us have spent countless hours advocating and training first responders (with great traction...they get it) but remain frustrated that many parents and caregivers, especially those dealing with new diagnoses, don't understand that they need to be very proactive to manage and minimize risk.

Whether this story is an example or not, national expert Dennis Debbaudt says it best, "The first time is often the worst time."

Get up to speed on the issues:
www.autismsafetyproject.org

Lisa @ TACA

Hugs and prayers for this tragic loss. I am so sorry.

Henderson

My thoughts and prayers are with dear Aiden's family.

Good night all.

DawnDannysmom

Sleep sweetly little man, God be with this family.

Kathryn J. Stiles Cook

Rest in peace baby Aidan. My your family feel the hugs and comfort in the arms of all of us who understand and know how it could of been one of us. Family of Aiden you are in our prayers.

(¯`♥´¯)
` *.¸.*´ All my love.

Kat, mom of a son with Asberger's

AL

...RIP Aiden

htbenz

God Bless the newest angel in Heaven ...and may he comfort the family in their time of grief...

Brent Remington

AUTISM is fatal even if our children don,t perish. You are not supposed to out live your child. GOD bless this angel.

Jake Crosby

This is awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana

How awful, our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Dede Moore

My son Aidan is 5 and I pray for his safety every day. This is heartbreaking. I am praying for his family!

Cathy Jameson

I'm so sad. May you rest in peace, Aiden. Prayers for your family...

Therese Holliday

Our hearts go out to the family. Losing your child is so horrendous, we know personally. He is still with you but no longer confined by his Autism.

Judith

So sad...I feel for the family..

Heidi N

My son took off several times from me, and it was very frightening until I found him. Love and prayers to the family.

Amanda Blinn

Another innocent victim of the big lie. My heart goes out to this family.

Jenny W

I swear... the leading cause of death for our kids has to be accidental drowning.

Teresa Conrick

My heart goes out to Aidan and his family. Why do people keep saying autism is not fatal? God bless us all.

rileysmom

Rest in Peace Sweet baby.

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