The story of a 16 year old boy with autism, found chained up in his room, has shocked the nation. But now his mum, a Sudanese refugee has spoke of her mistake.
The single mother-of-five said she loved her son and would “do anything for him”.
“I used to take him everywhere with me, but now he is strong. This time I was scared because the last time he ran away and pushed me and people in the street and the chemist.
“That’s why I didn’t take him with me.”
Adrian Thompson, CEO of Josephite Community Aid, said his organisation had worked with Ms Adam and described her as a loving mother who would go to immense lengths to care for her child.
“I have seen the love this mother has for her kids. I have seen her go through so much just to help him be part of the community.
“He can act out. I’ve seen him do it. But I’ve seen her care for him so well.”
Mr Thompson said when they realised the teenager was chained to a bed, they immediately alerted authorities.
When Ms Adam returned home to find police, paramedics and officers from Fire and Rescue NSW she said “I was very scared. I thought maybe there is a fire.”
The boy usually attends a special needs school in Seven Hills, but she had been too ill to take him.
The teenager had run away from the family’s Blacktown home on numerous occasions, she said, and she feared he might do it again while she made the 45-minute round trip to the doctor’s surgery and the shops.
“If I didn’t tie him like this, he would run away in the street, no coming back. He would go and not stop. The cars are dangerous and he doesn’t understand about cars.
“That’s why I was scared, the cars would hit him.” It was a “big, big mistake”, Ms Adam said.
“Never, never, never, never, ever again.”
“Everyone who knows me, everyone from the community, knows I love my son.
“I’ve taken care of him for 16 years. I do everything for him. I feed him, give him medicine, everything. I have no help. No one from the government or anywhere comes to help me.”
I feel so sad for this poor mum. You can really hear her pain and regret.
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