A 19-year-old woman with cerebral palsy disappeared from her parents home in Indiana and police are asking for help in finding her.
“Someone came in to this house, right here in Evansville, Indiana, and took her out of her bed, in the middle of the night with my daughter sleeping right there on the couch which isn’t even 15 feet away," said Lydia LaRue, the young woman's grandmother. "We don’t know how this happened. We don’t know, they didn’t hear a thing. And who could do this? That’s why it’s just so unbelievable. We just ... this is a nightmare. A living nightmare."
Aleah Beckerle, who is wheelchair-bound and needs constant care, disappeared after her parents put her in bed on July 16, reports Independent Journal.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, cerebral palsy “refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. CP affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later.”
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Aleah cannot walk and is without the medicine she needs to survive, LaRue told WXIX. She cannot feed herself and has severe seizures.
When Aleah's parents woke up on July 17, they were shocked to find she had disappeared.
Police have issued a Silver Alert for Aleah, who is biracial, 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Dance Theater” on it, the Independent Journal reports.
Sources: Independent Journal, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke / Photo credit: Facebook via Independent Journal