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HENRICO, VA—An iPad taken from a Henrico County 12-year-old boy with Autism has been recovered, after the boy's mother contacted 8News for help. Sadly a special app that allowed him to communicate and took the family more than a year to customize had been deleted, the boy's mother tells 8News.
Twelve-year-old Daanish Ali can't put into words what he wants, but thanks to modern technology, there's an app for that.
The Henrico County boy with severe Autism is able to communicate with his iPad, but the iPad was taken from the family's shopping during an outing last week
"It's not just an iPad, that is means of communication that is his voice," Dilshad Ali said of her son's iPad.
Ali was hoping to recover her son's iPad that contained a special app, allowing Daanish to communicate. It's taken the family nearly a year and a half to customize Daanish's iPad.
Ali says her son's iPad was taken from the family's shopping cart during a family outing last week.
Security cameras couldn't get a clear shot of those responsible for taking the boy's iPad. Dilshad Ali, Daanish's mother called 8News when she noticed what she called strange photos appearing on her iPhone.
"I am looking at my photo stream, and there are pictures of people I don't know and I was like who is this," said Dilshad Ali.
On the newer versions of the iPad and iPhones, software called iCloud connects the two devices. If you take a photo with your iPad, it syncs on your iPhone.
Pictures of people Ali doesn't know showed up on her iPhone, and those photos also show an iPad with the same case as Daanish's.
"I look at it closely, and it's a mirror—a mirror in the background with a reflection of a woman taking a picture with the iPad," Ali said of a photo that appeared on her iPhone.
Police said they don't believe the people pictured in the photos are responsible for taking the iPad. Police said the iPad was recovered Monday.
8News is told Henrico County Police continue to investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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