In the months after two Ethiopian children were put in foster care because of alleged abuse by their adoptive parents, the boy would repeatedly ask his new foster mother which bathroom he was allowed to use.
Alison Patterson told him “any bathroom he wished,” but the boy responded by saying that his “body was unsafe for other people.” She told him that was not true.
Then, when they would visit his younger sister, now age 3, at the Children’s Institute, where she was recovering from brain injury, the boy told Mrs. Patterson that he wasn’t to use public restrooms because “he would make other people sick.”
“He believed it to his core. Why would he have been kept in the bathroom in the dark if it wasn’t true?” Mrs. Patterson said Monday.