5-year-old boy with autism discovered lifeless in pond close to Orange County dwelling

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A lacking little one search resulted in tragedy Thanksgiving morning after the physique of 5-year-old Aaron Peña was recovered from a pond close to his Orange County dwelling, in response to deputies.

Peña’s mom, Melissa Stanton, mentioned the 5-year-old was non-verbal with autism and wandered away from his dwelling Wednesday.

The boy’s house is positioned close to Moss Park Street and State Street 417, in response to the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace.

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Stanton instructed Information 6 that he walked out of the again door of the home at about 12:45 p.m.

Based on Stanton, she had been working from dwelling when she realized she couldn’t hear Peña within the background, which is when she realized one thing was fallacious.

“I wasn’t listening to any kind of laughing sounds or him singing again and again — like, repetitive songs — he does that, or he’ll often create a situation the place he’ll discuss to himself in regards to the birds and colours and songs that he watches on YouTube,” she mentioned.

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Stanton mentioned she then went to test her youngsters’s rooms, and after discovering that he wasn’t there, she noticed that the again door had been opened. Whereas the door is often locked, she instructed Information 6 that she believes Peña found out learn how to unlock it.

Stanton reported the kid lacking, main deputies and neighbors to provoke a search close to the house.

Simply earlier than 1 a.m. Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace reported the boy was discovered lifeless.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that we should report that Aaron Pena was discovered, deceased, in a physique of water not removed from his dwelling. We’re grieving his loss and our prayers are together with his household,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a Fb submit.

No different particulars have been launched.

Stanton mentioned that Peña was the youngest of her three youngsters.

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