“With just two weeks to go until Christmas, one Providence family got an early gift from an unusual source,” Sean Daly and Jennifer Mobilia report for WPRI.

“Eight-year-old Anisa Otero, who has autism, went missing Sunday after wandering out of the family’s Salmon Street apartment,” Daly and Mobilia report. “After a frantic phone call to 911 and the help of a good citizen who spotted the child, city police were able to reunite the young girl with her parents.”

“Anisa was found alive and well, but it was not a complete recovery. Somewhere along the way, somebody stole her precious iPad, which acts as her window to the world,” Daly and Mobilia report. “‘When I saw her face, and the innocence on her, that’s what really got myself and John Reposa,’ said Providence Patrolman Mark DeCecco.”

Daly and Mobilia report, “Seeing the child’s heartbreak, Providence police officers Mark Dececco and John Raposa took action. They went to the Apple Store to buy Anisa a replacement iPad. However, after hearing Anisa’s story, Apple officials donated the device.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Providence, indeed.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chris” for the heads up.]