- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2014

A 10-year-old boy has been left stranded in his home in Bridgeport, Conn. after thieves stole his wheelchair ramp.

Isaiah McLaughlin suffers from a muscle and joint disorder that keeps him in a motorized wheelchair, now that the aluminum wheelchair ramps that provided access to his house and mother’s car have been stolen, the little boy is trapped inside, CBS New York reports.

“When I came back from the movies, the ramp wasn’t there,” he said, “It was stolen.”

Some suspect that the weight of the aluminum in the ramp made it valuable to thieves.

Now, Gloria Ramirez, a waitress and Isaiah’s single mother, must help her son to carry out simple day-to-day activities. Without the ramp, Isaiah has lost much of his independence due to the sheer size of his motorized wheelchair, which weighs 450 pounds.

I was shocked that someone had the audacity to steal that,” Ms. Ramirez said.

Isaiah’s school has arranged for transportation to and from classes so he can go on his own, but at home he must be carried around by his mother, the news agency reported.

I can’t believe somebody would be so cruel. I just feel bad for him because he looks at me like ‘you going to carry me again,’” she said.

Neighbors are collecting money to build a permanent ramp for the boy’s home and to provide a new ramp for his mother’s car.

Isaiah gave reporters a message for the thieves.

Can you just bring it back? Please?” he said.