Metro Detroit mother asks who would steal boy with special needs' stroller

Posted at 10:23 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 07:56:27-04

A special needs 10-year-old is without his wheels tonight, after someone stole his customized stroller.

James Chidester has Down syndrome, and has trouble walking far distances. 

His stroller, seen in photos and specially made for him, was stolen from a house on Hazelwood in Hazel Park Tuesday night. 

His mother, Linda Chidester, told us, "What are they going to to do with it? They're not going to be able to use it."

Why anyone would steal that stroller, let alone one made for a special needs child is mind blowing to family and friends.

The stroller was sitting right out front unlocked, like it had been for years.

Even though James can't talk, he's already shown frustration with this change in his routine. The stroller has straps for his legs and a built-in vest to keep him stable.

The family believes it was stolen sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

They tried searching the neighborhood for the stroller, but so far no sign of it.

Chidester says, "You just don't come over to someone's house or yard, and take their stuff."