Meeting Santa Claus for the first time was meant to be a jolly experience for Cameron Sleeth, 6.
But the excitement of meeting St. Nicholas turned into a nightmare his mother wishes she could forget.
Tammy Sleeth said her two sons, Cameron, who has Asperger's syndrome, and Liam, 7, who has autism, were thrilled to have the chance to hear Santa say "ho, ho, ho, merry Christmas" and tell him what presents they hoped for this year.
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But when she took her family to Logan Hyperdome, in Shailer Park, Queensland, on Thursday, what was planned to be a fun time turned into a distressing turn of events.