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Stoughton officer buys autistic child new iPad after theft

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STOUGHTON, Mass. ( - A little boy from Stoughton who had his iPad stolen received a new one Wednesday.

FOX 25 shared the story of an iPad belonging to Sarah Cardoso's 3 1/2-year-old autistic son being stolen from their car Tuesday morning. Ryan is non-verbal and used an iPad to communicate with his mother. He also uses it for therapy.

Ryan's iPad was charging inside the family car after his service dog chewed the charger used inside the home. The iPad was stolen from the car Tuesday.

"That's his voice, someone stole his voice. It wasn't just a device," Cardoso said on the FOX 25 Morning News Thursday. "As a mom you're devastated you can't help your son."

FOX 25 received dozens of e-mails and messages on social media from people asking how they can help Ryan and his family.

On Tuesday, the Stoughton community stepped up, getting Ryan a new iPad. It was delivered by deputy police chief Robert Devine Wednesday.

"I was upset. I don't think the story is about me, it was from the police department," Devine told FOX 25's Doug "VB" Goudie. "The main thing for me was the outpouring from our town. The town stepped up, the town came forward. It was the least we could do."

Ryan was very excited to receive the gift.

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