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.
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.