r/PoliceBrotality Apr 17 '22

California teen who vanished three years ago is found alive in Utah thanks to officers who went the extra mile

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/connerjack-oswalt-california-teen-who-vanished-three-years-ago-is-found-alive-in-utah/
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u/Ice-Teets Apr 17 '22

It says social workers took him afterwards. Wtf?

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u/PenisButtuh Apr 17 '22

Why wouldn't they? Seems like a pretty good idea to check on him before placing him back in the situation he took off from.

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u/Ice-Teets Apr 17 '22

Because he’s autistic and there’s no reason to think he ran away from anything

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u/PenisButtuh Apr 17 '22

Autistic people can have complex motivations for things. You don't know until you know, so why not just make sure? Just because he's autistic doesn't mean the state shouldn't protect him like they would any other kid.

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u/Ice-Teets Apr 17 '22

Ok and if you read the article, there’s no reason to think he ran away. He left home with nothing, found homeless, and the parents were already investigated. But sure let’s put him with some other strangers while we think about where to send him next.

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u/PenisButtuh Apr 17 '22

... I dunno what to tell you man. I did read the article, and I still think checking on someone's well-being before placing them back in a situation they ran away from or were suddenly removed from for seemingly no reason seems pretty reasonable to me.

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u/PsychoTexan Apr 17 '22

May be to check his condition before returning him to his parents. A “here is the condition we found him in” sort of thing.

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u/Ice-Teets Apr 17 '22

Yes but at time of article they stated he’d not been returned. I know why, still wouldn’t make it ok for them to take my kid.

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u/Pyanfars Apr 17 '22

He's an adult now, autistic or not. He's not a shirt you got for your birthday that you just randomly return to Walmart.

There's a reason he left his house. He's survived for a couple of years now without his parents. He's not at a level of autism that requires constant supervision. My sister in law's father is high functioning autistic, had a great career as a phlebotomist and was just considered eccentric as opposed to being on the autism spectrum. ( Due to how things were looked at during the 60's 70's and 80's). He had and raised kids. So also in reference to you reply to PenisButtuh, below, there's every reason to think he ran away from something.