The boy, Daniel, recently turned 8 years old. Daniel is autistic.
“No one called to say they were coming to his birthday party. Both myself and his father were heartbroken,” the boy’s mom told officers.
It’s not the first time other children have failed to celebrate the boy’s birthday. “He is autistic so making friends is extremely difficult for him,” his mom explained. “His father and I remembered the past two years of no one showing up for his birthday parties, he would spend the day crying that he had no friends. We could not let that happen again.”
So the parents had an idea. Daniel loves police officers. Mom and dad invited the North Port Police Department officers to the party. They weren’t sure what to expect, and didn’t say anything to Daniel.
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