In The Wake Of His Son’s Tragic Death, This Dad Warned Other Parents Not To Make The Same Mistake

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Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch
Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch

One of the worst fears a parent can have is losing their child in a large, public place. Ian Ritch can sadly relate to that, as his autistic son Maddox was found dead after going missing five days earlier in a local park. And following this tragic news, the boy’s heartbroken father talked about a mistake he felt he’d made.

Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch
Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch

Residents of Concord, North Carolina, Ian and his wife Carrie were the proud parents of six-year-old Maddox. Working as a grocery manager in a local supermarket, the former built up a strong relationship with his young son, who suffered from autism.

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Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch
Image: Facebook/Ian Scott Ritch

Maddox’s autism also caused him to be nonverbal. But despite those challenges, Ian still wanted to take part in typical father-son activities with Maddox. With that in mind, he took the six-year-old to Rankin Lake Park in September 2018. Sadly, though, the family’s lives would be changed forever later that afternoon.

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