RICHARDSON, Texas - UPDATE: An anonymous donor plans to buy Kaitlyn a new custom-made bicycle to help with therapy for her cerebral palsy.
An 11-year-old Richardson girl is the victim of a heartless crime. She suffers from a debilitating condition, and special bike that was made just for her was stolen.
The crime happened Tuesday after the girl, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Padgett, rode it to her cousin's house around 4:30 p.m.
“And she asked, ‘You did ride your bike, correct?’” said Padgett. “And I said, ‘Yes.’ And she’s like, ‘Well, it’s gone.’ And then I looked outside and I kind of panicked.”
It’s not just any bike.
“It has a hand bike, so if she gets tired on her legs, she can propel it with her hands with this kind of motion,” said Lindsday Carry, Padgett’s mom.
Padgett has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle movement.
“It keeps me balanced and helps me get places faster with my disease in my legs,” said Padgett.
“She tires easy from walking and she can’t ride a regular bike, not even with training wheels,” said Carry, a single mom. “The point of gravity, I guess, is too high."
The family bought the pink bike secondhand for $600. A new one would be beyond Cary’s budget.
"I'm trying to raise her by myself and plan for college, hopefully, and a $1,500 to $3,000 bike just is not going to happen,” said Carry.
For now, exercise on the elliptical will have to be the only therapy for Padgett.
The family says they’ve driven around the neighborhood looking for the bike and even called around to area pawn shops, but so far, nothing.
To whoever took it, they say just drop it off at the police station, no questions asked.