Rhode Island police officers and Apple Inc. replace autistic girl’s stolen iPad

“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.]


  1. What is truly remarkable is that Apple’s innovation, meant to help normal people with email and documents, could suddenly become a broader tool to help people with disabilities.

    Innovation is critical to helping all people through myriads of ways. Let me count the apps…

    1. Yes, terrible story, but I suggest you worry less about “coping” and start thinking about growing a pair.

      I just got my concealed carry license today and I feel much better already.

      Constitutional carry everywhere!

      1. @ Armed:

        I know you’re trolling, but for the benefit of those who are actually considering reality: Do remember that in Newtown, the reason the murderer had guns (and knew how to use them) is that he killed his mother with her own gun, and then armed himself with her other guns.

  2. Good for Apple
    Good for the cops
    Good for Anisa
    Great for her parents. The best part of the story was that they got their child back.

    We have found out first hand what an iPad can do for an autistic child. I encourage anyone that knows a child with these conditions to help put one in their hands anyway possible.

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