LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Police Department personnel are mobilizing to replace a 9-year-old boy’s leg braces, which were stolen from his mother’s vehicle in the South Los Angeles area.
Police say Analilia Ramirez discovered several items missing from her car, including the battery and miscellaneous tools worth more than $250, missing from her car, LAPD Officer Jack Richter.
The most important item, however, that had been stolen were her 9-year-old son’s expensive orthopedic leg braces. Geovanni was born with cerebral palsy, and without his leg braces, he is confined to a wheelchair.
“After learning that the young boy’s braces were taken from him and that he relies on them for walking, the officers and other LAPD personnel have organized efforts to replace the braces the child needs to be fully mobile,” Richter said in a statement.
Among LAPD department personnel, $3,000 was raised to purchase the $1,200 leg braces for Geovanni. The department has also reached out to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to make sure Geovanni has the best care possible.
Anyone with information on the case can call Detective Robert Rivera at (323) 846-6592 or (877) LAPD-247 (5273-247). In the meantime, an online fundraising page has been established. Click here for more information.
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