Two parents were arrested after their 14-year old child with autism was found running on the streets naked.
Police has responded to multiple 911 calls reporting about a naked man running down the streets. The officers have recognized the boy that they say has autism and they took the child back to his home in the 1600 block of Fair Street.
“We took him back to his family’s home because in the last year we’ve found him in similar situations at the family’s previous address and now on Sunday he was unsupervised again,” Officer Joshua Miller commented.
Michelle and Daniel Schliessman of Chillicothe, Missouri allegedly were sleeping when police brought their child home. The parents were unaware that one of their four children had left the house for the second time.
“We had to wake them up. They were downstairs in the basement. They did not know the child had even gotten out,” said Officer Miller.
Police received a tip that the parents were also meth users. They searched the home after receiving a tip that there was drug activity. Upon their investigation, police arrested the two parents, Michelle, 36, and Daniel Schliessman, 45, for possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of the child.
“We found methamphetamine and meth-using materials inside the home. It’s hard to say exactly what the parents were doing, but we knew because of the fact that the autistic child has wondered off at least eight times in the past and almost got hit by cars on the highway, we had to get the state involved because we’re concerned about the boy’s safety, ” said Officer Miller.
“It was very deplorable. When we went through the residence, we found animal feces and also animal vomit throughout the floors of the house, including the kids’ bedrooms,” Officer Miller added.
Michelle and Daniel Schliessman were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Michelle was also charged with possession of meth, according to police. The couple’s four children, ages 14, 13, 11 and six, were placed in protective custody. It appeared the children had not been bathed for an extended period of time.
The couple’s four children, ages 14, 13, 11 and six, were placed in protective custody. It appeared the children had not been bathed for an extended period of time.