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Officers, Apple help replace autistic girl's stolen iPad

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By Abbey Niezgoda

aniezgoda@abc6.com

An autistic girl wandered away from her family's apartment on Salmon Street Sunday morning, carrying her iPad. Police found the 8-year-old just a few blocks away and a few minutes later, perfectly fine, but the iPad was missing.

Anissa Otero did not just use the iPad to play games, she used it to communicate, so her mother says not having it was devastating.

"She kept saying iPad please, iPad please," Raquel Hernandez said. "It broke my heart."

A couple of officers who found Anissa, then went on to help her even more. Providence Officers Mark DeCecco and John Reposa Jr. decided to go in on a replacement iPad, so they went to the Apple Store at Providence Place to buy one.

"I asked if there was anything they could do to help us out, that we would appreciate it," Officer DeCecco said. "Then the manager came back and said we've decided to donate it to the family."

They brought over the iPad Tuesday afternoon, and while Anissa could not tell them how thankful she was, she showed them by dancing around the living room iPad in hand.

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