Special needs child forced to sit in feces

- A 13-year old child with special needs was forced to sit in his own feces during a basketball camp on Monday and now his parents are taking action.

Anderson Line lives with autism, epilepsy and a number of other conditions. His parents took him to "Bounce Out the Stigma" -- a camp for special needs kids. Family said all was well until they got a phone call a few hours into the day.

"[They said] we just can't take care of his needs and by the way he soiled himself," his father Eric Line said.

The camp's co-founder Bill Simmel said the camp came to the conclusion Line's condition, the accident aside, was too much for the camp to handle. Simmel said the child would need "one-on-one" attention and they were not aware of that from initial paperwork submitted.

One-on-one attention aside -- the camp said it cannot clean up after a child.

"If a child with autism who is not fully emotionally and mentally developed, and all of a sudden fears, who is this stranger pulling down my pants...now what are you going to think if you're a parent?" Simmel said.

Line has followed a child neglect case with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office after he said his child sat in bleachers at the camp for over an hour in his own feces while the camp did nothing about it.

The camp is run by volunteers and has one volunteer nurse but said it will not ask her to change soiled clothes.

"Somebody should have gotten him to the bathroom for dignity purposes," Line said.

 

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