A single dad has shared to the world the kindness of two police officers after his daughter who has autism had a “public meltdown” inside a store.
Robert Davies, 41, from Bridgend in South Wales went to Argos with his daughter Cerys Lily, who just turned eight and who has autism, when she spotted a Dory lunchbox on display – but when the store said the lunchbox was not yet for sale, a disappointed Cerys Lily lost control.
To calm her down and protect other shoppers, Mr Davies decided to carry Cerys Lily to their car where he helped her regain control and drove home. However, a few moments after arriving home, Mr Davies, who is a full-time carer to his daughter, received a knock at the door from the police – after an anonymous caller reported him for putting a girl in his car against her will.
Mr Davies then explained the misunderstanding, the police officers even allowed Cerys Lily to see their blue lights and sirens before they left. However, what happened the following day was unexpected for Mr Davies.
“When I opened the door, the policeman was standing there and then pulled out the lunchbox from behind his back. It was really quite overwhelming,” Mr Davies told the MailOnline.
Mr Davies said he was too overwhelmed that he thought of thanking the police officers through a post on Facebook, which has since been shared more than 3,500 times. He began by thanking police officers, PC Steven Bowen and PCW Leigh Francis from South Wales Police for understanding his situation. He was also touched when he learned that one of the officers has a nephew who also has autism.
“After I explained to the officers what had happened and they understood fully as 1 of the officers had an asperger’s nephew.. as they were leaving they had a laugh with Cerys lily and put there flashing lights and siren on for her,” he said.
Mr Davies said he thought that was the end of it but the next morning, he said, the two officers brought with them a gift for his daughter.
“Thinking that was the end of it I had a knock on the door this morning it was the same 2 officers who gone to the Argos store and bought her the finding dory lunch box she wanted 😀” he said.
Cerys Lily was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Mr Davies said she had no speech, she wasn’t sleeping and her behaviour was affected and used to show other signs like shaking her head vigorously. “Because she is autistic she doesn’t see life as we see it,” he said, so he added that having police officers who understood them meant so much to them.
He concluded his post, saying: “There really is some good people out there.”