HOUSTON—Not long after KHOU 11 News aired a report about a missing mentally challenged teen Wednesday a Houston police officer called and said he found the boy.
The officer said he recognized Shaiquez Bradford right away, and that the description matched the child he was called to get at the Star of Hope Shelter downtown. He said he took to the 17-year-old boy to Ben Taub Hospital.
Shaunda Payne was relieved to hear the news. She had not seen her son since he walked out of the house Wednesday morning.
What had his mother so concerned, is the fact that he’s mentally-challenged.
“Somebody will hurt him,” Payne said. “People are so mean and he don’t understand that nobody is his friend.”
Payne said Shaiquez has to be watched all the time because of his condition, Prader Willi Syndrome, which is an uncontrollable urge to eat. Payne said her son is 5-feet-4 inches tall and weighs about 325 pounds.
“He doesn’t get full in his mind, he will eat until he can throw up,” Payne explained.
Shaiquez also takes medication for congestive heart failure, so relatives were very worried. His mom also said he thinks and acts like a child.
Even still, he was cunning enough to use a screwdriver to remove the deadbolt from the door and leave home. His mom feels she might have to make a tough decision soon.
“I just need to come to reality that if I can’t keep him in here, I have to put him away,” she said.