Family Pleads for Return of Special Needs Van

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BROOK PARK, Ohio— It's been a tough new year for Noelia Carrasquillo and her family of Brook Park.

She has two girls, including a 4-year-old with special needs.

Carrasquillo said someone stole her minivan Sunday night, which was parked right in front of her apartment.

"We were thinking it was a joke. And then we all run outside and we find out that the van was stolen," said the girl's uncle, Manuel Calerone.

It was a van that was customized for her handicapped daughter to get her back and forth from doctors appointments.

"I just thought, impossible! The wheelchair for the baby is the most important thing to me," cried Carrasquillo.

"It's a brand new wheelchair, custom-made for her. Inside the van was her prescription eye glasses, she needs for everything, she can barely see. Also, her car seat," added Calderone.

In the meantime, the family is hoping someone recognizes the van, which is a grey Chrysler Voyager.

The front windshield is cracked and in the back windshield is a small Puerto Rican flag.

While police search for the van, this family is staying positive and praying that the van is returned before the end of the month, when the little girl's life will forever change.

"January 31st, she's gonna have special surgery in her hands, because all her fingers are together. It is kind of far, so we are hoping someone recognizes the van and we get everything back. If not, it is going to be horrible," added Calderone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brook Park Police.