5/5/14 - Autism News

Teacher thanked for rescuing autistic boy

The kindness of a stranger possibly saved the life of a ten year old boy with autism.

It certainly was not a typical day at the office for a high school teacher.

State Police say the boy wandered five miles from his home in Belgrade early Monday morning.

Pat Stanton, dean of students at Maranacook Community High School, came across the boy walking in the middle of Wing Mills Road in Mt. Vernon.

She pulled over and call 9-1-1. By then the boy was in Messalonskee stream holding onto the bridge.

She pulled him out of the water and discovered he had special needs. He walked off and tried to climb into a culvert.

Stanton was able to hold onto him and flagged down a motorist for help. The boy’s mother, Melissa Godin was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

By Vivien Leigh | WCSH6