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Disabled child, 2, in "yob" probe
8:21am Wednesday 23rd May 2012 in News
A police patrol was sent to tackle allegations of yob behaviour – by a disabled two-year-old.
Officers were called to the home of Grace Heath, who suffers from a chronic lung disorder and is the face of the Rockinghorse charity appeal, after a neighbour called Sussex Police claiming the toddler had been throwing stones.
Grace’s mother Sara said she was astounded when police knocked on her door to question her.
She said Grace’s health problems meant she was unable to throw stones because she does not have the energy.
Mrs Heath said: “My children are now scared to go out.
“I feel like my little girl has been branded a criminal.
“She’s a poorly girl who has only just come off oxygen. There is no way she could even do this.
“When the police came to my door I had no idea why they were there “They said they had a report of my daughter throwing stones at a neighbour’s car.
“To start with I was laughing. I couldn’t believe it.
“If Grace hadn’t already gone to bed for the night, what would they have done? Interrogated a two-year-old? Arrested her?
“Grace is disabled and in the posters for the Rockinghorse appeal at Asda.
“I can’t believe she could be accused of such a thing.” Police confirmed officers had visited the Heaths’ home follow- ing claims of children throwing stones on Sunday May 13 but said no damage was thought to have been caused to the car.
A spokeswoman said they spoke to both sets of residents about the incident.