Nelly Lotter is brave enough to put her hand up and admit she needs help dealing with her ‘Houdini-esque’ son Brandon (4), who has managed to escape the family home dozens of times, despite extra locks and hidden keys.
On one distressing occasion Brandon jumped the property’s backyard wall, walking more than a kilometre away from the family home, crossing busy roads.
The energetic toddler has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and shows autistic behaviours.
He has a knack for picking locks and climbing fences, despite the best efforts of the Lotter family.
Mrs Lotter also suffers from a health condition that limits her ability to chase after Brandon.
‘I fear I’m going to have to arrange his funeral soon,’ she said.
‘He doesn’t seem to fear anything and does not understand the stranger danger issue.
‘I put new locks on doors or windows and he breaks them out of anger; I have to replace our flyscreens once a month.
‘I don’t want to lock him inside all the time, it’s not fair.’
In one harrowing incident, Mrs Lotter woke to the police knocking on her door at 7am after they found Brandon walking the streets.
‘He climbs through the windows and he is just such a magical little man and is silent when he escapes,’ she said.
‘I’ve had to ring police to help me look for him and he ends up crossing the main roads without people realising he shouldn’t be there.’
Mrs Lotter said the design of a brick wall by the land developer along the boundary of her property made it easy for Brandon to climb and escape.
‘I’ve been fixing the fence but he keeps getting out’