Philadelphia mother seeks teens who helped disabled son


It was Saturday afternoon and Eula Sims had sent her 18-year-old son Taheem to North Philadelphia to visit with family.

A few hours later Eula had received a phone call from her sister saying Taheem was tired and wanted to go home.

Eula was just about to leave when her sister called again.

"Less than two minutes later, she calls me back and said, 'Your son went out the door and I don't know where he is," said Eula.

Eula was terrified because evening was approaching and Taheem, who has Down Syndrome, is extremely limited in his ability to verbally communicate.

Taheem ended up wandering the streets of North Philadelphia, by himself, for eight hours before a group of local teenagers found him, took him in, and called the police.

"They did a wonderful thing," said Eula.

The problem is that by the time police returned Taheem to his mother, the Good Samaritans who helped out had gone their separate ways and their identities remain a mystery.

Eula is looking to reward them in any way she can.

"I want to give them something for doing that for my son," said Eula.

Meantime, people who live in North Philadelphia are saying this proves that while there are some people out there causing trouble, there are many more who are looking to do the right thing.

"I just think that what the teenagers did was a blessing to the disabled child," said Zane-Na Jones.

"There are people more than willing to do the right thing and step in," said MacKenzie Bell.

"Well, it's the City of Brotherly Love. You got a few bad apples in there but it's still the City of Brotherly Love, and it comes around when it needs to," said Damon Johnson.

Anyone who can help the Sims family contact the heroes that helped Taheem can contact Philadelphia Police East Detectives at 215-686-3388.

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