Family of boy with epilepsy pleads for help finding missing wheelchair


BRANDON, FL (WFLA) — A family is in disbelief after someone took a specialized wheelchair belonging to a 6-year-old boy with epilepsy.

Andrew Dennis said he moved his son Ian’s wheelchair next to their mailbox a few minutes before his school bus arrived, which is something he has done every morning for the past two years. But when the bus arrived on Monday, the wheelchair had vanished and the child’s backpack and glasses were also gone.

Ian has epilepsy and relies on the wheelchair to transport him when he has a seizure, the father said.

The missing wheelchair is worth an estimated $10,000, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Now the family is appealing to the public to help them find Ian’s belongings.

“All I’m asking is that they are returned to us. No questions asked. I’ll even throw a reward in if it’s found,” Andrew Dennis said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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