MANHATTAN– It’s been about two years since the tragic death of Avonte Oquendo, the teen with Autism last seen running out of his Queens school never to be seen alive again.
To help protect and keep her son safe Natasha Cornin, the mother of seven-year-old son Jaden, who also has Autism, has decided to put a GPS device on her son.
The device is placed in the child’s pocket.
“This is something that gives me peace of mind,” Cornin said.
Cornin connected with Angel Sense, the company that makes the device about a year and a half ago.
“We use magnetic buttons to fasten the device in his pocket, it’s hard because he does not like change in routine,” Cornin said of the device, which is about the size of an old pager.
Cornin added if he exits a location she gets a text or an alert.
“If Avonte had this his mother would have known immediately and called police and he would have been found,” she said.
The device works with an app used on a smartphone.