Investigators are continuing their search, now into its third day, for a missing 5-year-old from Dickson County, Tennessee.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Endangered Child Alert for Joe Clyde Daniels who has autism and is non-verbal.The little boy was last seen at his parents’ home on Tuesday, April 3.
In light of this heartbreaking search, a Maryville mom is taking action so that other families in the autism community have safeguards in case they’re separated from their children.
Michelle Adcox, has been making T-shirts for years at her home for fellow parents in the autism community. Her 11-year old son, Nicholas, has autism and hearing about the search for Joe Clyde Daniels is heartbreaking.
“When we’re in public, if he sees something that he wants, he takes off after it. And sometimes when you’re in a large crowd it’s scary because if he was to get lost, he can’t tell anybody what his name is or what his phone number is or who his mommy and daddy are,” said Adcox.
She’s now making T-shirts with emergency contact information on them for her son and other families with children who have special needs.
“I want to do whatever I can to keep these kiddos safe because they don’t have a voice. Some of them do, some of them don’t and if they get lost I want to be able to help them get home,” she added.
Inside the back of the T-shirt, Adcox puts the parents’ full names, along with their cell phone number.
“All that person has to do is dial that number and say, ‘Is this so and so? I’ve got your son, we are located here,'” said Adcox.
Ashley Jones brought her 12-year old son, Cooper, by Adcox’s home on Friday to get an emergency contact T-shirt along with a pendant to wear on his belt loop.
“Cooper isn’t typically a runner but he can get upset very easily,” she said.
Jones says getting this purchase gives her peace of mind.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, especially parents of an autistic child, because it’s so much more likely to happen with our kids,” said Jones.
If you’re a parent of a special needs child and interested in purchasing an emergency information tee shirt or belt loop tag, you can visit Adcox’s Etsy shop by clicking here. You can also email Adcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865)776-6714.