Police: Autistic boy found alone, naked, in home ‘unsafe for living’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Emergency crews took a 13-year-old autistic boy to a hospital and then placed him with the Department of Human Services Thursday.
Police arrested former Colorado Springs City Councilman Charles Wingate and Sharon Starkey. They face misdemeanor charges of child abuse. Police call them ‘caretakers.’
Police responded to a welfare check call in the 6100 block of Corinth Dr. and found the teen naked and alone.
“The home was extremely unsanitary with live and dead rodents and human feces about,” a Colorado Springs Police statement says.
“Code Enforcement responded and immediately condemned the house as unsafe for living.”
Police say the boy told them he is an only child, home-schooled, and he does not remember ever being outside the house.
“He may have been in his underwear, I don’t know, but to characterize him as in some way not able to care for himself or think for himself or to cognitively handle the situation that he found himself in I think is totally untrue,” the boy’s father, Charles Wingate, told FOX31 Denver Thursday night.
Neighbors say they don’t recall seeing the boy for years.
Police say the parents were not home during the investigation.
No other information about the case was released.