Thieves steal wheelchair from Houston girl with special needs

Friday, August 30, 2019
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Anastasia Schifilet is trying to figure out why anyone would want to steal a wheelchair from a child with special needs.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A mother wants answers after a customized wheelchair was stolen from the trunk of a car right outside her home early this week.

Anastasia Shiflet said she came out Tuesday morning to find her friend's car was ransacked, and the burglars decided to also take her daughter's specially outfitted wheelchair from the trunk.

"It couldn't benefit anybody else but my daughter. So I don't understand why somebody would take that," said Shiflet.

Her daughter is 11 years old. She has Acardi syndrome. The genetic disorder causes seizures. On top of that, she is legally blind with slowly progressing scoliosis and is unable to walk on her own.

Shiflet said the car was parked outside of their home near Aldine Westfield and Tidwell in north Houston when it was broken into.

"Shyanne is the one that they took from. And that's not fair for her to have to miss out on her life because somebody else thought that it would benefit them to steal a special needs child's wheelchair," Shiflet said.

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