A California mother is livid as her cry for help for her 16-year-old autistic son who was suffering a seizure ended up arrested by Fresno Police.
Lourdes Ponce says her son was inside a Fresno restaurant when he suffered an epileptic seizure and the police handcuffed him and put him in the back of a police car.
Video has surfaced of the heartless incident and you can hear Ponce pleading with police.
“He has autism, he has epilepsy, stop it!”
Ponce said her son had just left the doctor after suffering from epileptic seizures and they returned while he was in the restroom at the fast-food restaurant.
She tells ABC News, “I stood outside the door, I heard him hit the floor, I tried to open the door but it was locked, that’s when I asked for help,” she said. When employees unlocked the door, her son was on the ground.
“We called paramedics for help, we did not call police. He was not hurting anybody, he was having a seizure,” she said.
However, the police arrived first and tried handcuffing the teen.
During that time, Ponce says her son began to panic and started to vomit.
“He saw that my son was throwing up and instead of helping him so that he wouldn’t choke on his vomit, they had him on the ground in handcuffs,” she says.
The panicked mother ran to her car and got paperwork showing her son has a history of epilepsy.
“After I showed the paperwork, EMS was able to treat him and take him to the hospital,” she said.
She said her son is still recovering from his epileptic attacks at Valley Children’s Hospital, and he is so traumatized by what happened to him that he is having a hard time receiving treatment from hospital staff.
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Watch below to see the shocking video