Father of missing 6-year-old child wih autism blames himself
Ian Ritch, the father of Maddox Ritch, who has autism, blames himself for his disappearance and says that he should have done something to stop him.
Maddox went missing on September 22 at Rankin Lake Park, in North Carolina, after he started running ahead of his father.
They were walking near the lake when Ian lost sight of the 6-year-old and started panicking when he ran after him and didn't spot him.
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RIGHT NOW a desperate search is underway for a missing 6 year old boy. Maddox Rich went missing from a Gastonia park Saturday afternoon. He is autistic and non verbal. WE'll have the latest update on search efforts straight ahead @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/kW2E6MaHu8— Lauren Dugan (@LaurenDuganTV) September 24, 2018
After learning that Maddox was missing, the Gastonia Police Department searched the perimeter hoping to find but nothing came up.
That's when they decided to call for backup and hundreds of officials from the FBI, the Gastonia Fire Department and other law enforcement agencies have joined the search.
During an interview with "Good Morning America," Ian revealed that he was sure that Maddox would be found within a day, but as time passed, his guilt increased.
DESPERATE SEARCH: A $10,000 reward has been offered as the mother of Maddox Rich, a 6-year-old boy with autism last seen at a North Carolina park and missing since Saturday, made a desperate plea to the public to help find her son. @SteveOsunsami reports. https://t.co/WUR7wTTynB pic.twitter.com/HVqfCseAsa— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) September 26, 2018
Ian confessed that he has been having trouble sleeping because he would go home and lay on his comfy bed while his son is somewhere in the woods sleeping on the hard ground.
"You're a grown man. He's a little boy. How did he outrun you?" @DavidBegnaud asks the father of Maddox Ritch, the missing 6-year-old autistic boy in North Carolina.— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2018
"He can run. He can run. And I couldn't keep up with him. Not that fast." https://t.co/Cq9mPCx6Ps pic.twitter.com/AeXlDimdaH
A MOTHER'S PLEA
Carrie Ritch, Maddox's mother, begged for tips that might help bring her little boy home, claiming that he is her "whole world" and her "reason for living."
Up until recently, a mother and her two daughters were also reported missing by husband and father Chris Watts, who later confessed to the police that he had murdered his family.
The three bodies were found on the property of a petroleum and natural gas exploration company, where Watts used to work.
He is currently being held at Weld County Jail, north of Denver.
He is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder, as well as three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.