12-year-old girl in Florida found with autism

A 12-month-old Florida girl with autism was found in the ocean after authorities in Fort Lauderdale were unable to locate her parents.

The child’s mother and her father were arrested Thursday on child neglect charges.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it was investigating after a woman reported seeing the girl in the water Thursday evening.

The couple was released on bond Friday morning.

The Florida Department of Children and Families said it received a call from the family at 4:30 p.m.


The department received an emergency call about the child, which included information that the child was in a state of distress.

The Department of Health and Human Services also sent out a welfare check for the child.

Officials said the child has been reunited with her parents, but her condition is unknown.

The girl was taken to a hospital and later transferred to a child welfare agency.

She was being evaluated Friday and has been placed with a local family.

The incident is being investigated by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, the department’s statement said.

Authorities said in the statement that the girl was removed from the water and transported to a local child welfare organization.

She has been identified as Janae Young.