Ayn Van Dyk and her Father Derek's Tragic story
On June 16, 2011, 9-year-old Ayn Van Dyk was taken from her family into custody by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, allegedly for her own safety, but against the wishes of her family, says her father.
Derek Hoare is a single father of three children, two of whom, including Ayn, have been diagnosed with severe autism. He says he has been the only parental figure in his daughter’s life since birth and the only person able to manage his daughter’s difficulties with autism. Although Ayn has accrued the knowledge of a 9-year-old, due to her autism she has the naivety of a 3 or 4 year old.
Four days earlier, Ayn had been playing in the backyard of her family’s home in Abbotsford, British Columbia when she went missing. her father called 911 and a police search commenced. Ayn was found two hours later playing in a neighbor’s backyard.