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Little City Youth Found Safe in Hoffman Estates After Night Away from Campus

Neighbor spotted child in a car and notified authorities

David Quattrochi, a 15-year-old student at Little City in Palatine who ran out of an exterior exit door when a teacher’s back was turned Dec. 2 about 2:45 p.m. and spent the night outdoors, was found safe in a parked car this morning, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.

Little City would like to thank Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and his office for their assistance in contacting the media and searching for the lost boy. In addition, several hundred volunteers scoured the area until the wee hours of the night. Apparently a neighbor in the residential area on Wilshire Drive in Hoffman Estates, a short distance from Little City’s campus, spotted the child in a car and called police. Hoffman Estates Fire Department transported the child to a local hospital for an evaluation.

On the way to the hospital, the child, who has autism and is largely nonverbal, said he was cold. He was warmed up at the hospital and released for return to his home at Little City today.

For more information, visit www.littlecity.org or contact Ann Meyer at ameyer@littlecity.org or 847-221-7831.



About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

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