Mother escapes charges after autistic son found chained up in Sydney home

The mother of an autistic teenage boy found chained up in a western Sydney home while she was out shopping has not been charges.

It’s understood a charity worker discovered the 16-year-old chained to a bed in his Blacktown house on Tuesday and called emergency services, who freed the Sudanese boy.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution but has since been released.


The 38-year-old mother of five arrived home shortly after and was arrested.

Today, police confirmed she had been released without charge.

The case remains open as authorities liaise with health and welfare departments.

Autism Awareness Australia CEO Nicole Rogerson said it was clear the family needed more support.

“It doesn’t shock me, nor surprise me. It just saddens me.

“It is never OK to restrain or abuse a person with autism,” she told the Seven Network.

Ms Rogerson said the boy should have been at school.

“I think we have let this family down.”