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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating a complaint from the mother of an 11-year-old girl, about the way her daughter has been handled by Sussex Police.
The child, whose name has not been revealed, has Smith-Magenis Syndrome which has symptoms similar to autism.
Officers came into contact with the girl five times between 2nd February and 2nd March 2012 in Horsham and the surrounding area. Each time she was physically restrained, on four of those occasions she was arrested and taken to a police station. She was held overnight two times.
The girl's mother complained in July 2012 about police management of the issue, the way her daughter was restrained 'which appear to have included handcuffs and leg restraints' and the decisions to hold her in cells overnight. Sussex Police referred the case to the IPCC on 12th December 2012.