Recent murders, violence, and abuse of children and adults with autism or Asperger syndrome are an incredibly disturbing trend. The following cases are only a sample of the many cases reported within the last month:
19 September 2008 – Margate, FL, USA NBC6 News reports that two men were arrested in connection with a sexual assault of “an autistic girl.”
19 September 2008 -Tucson, AZ, USA The Tucson Citizen reports that Diane Marsh was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted on August 4th of negligent homicide and 4 counts of child abuse in the killing of her son Brandon Williams in March 2007. Pima County Superior Court Judge Hector Campoy suggested that Marsh had already been treated leniently by the jury, who might have convicted her of first degree murder and indicated that she deserved a substantial sentence for “torture of her vulnerable child,” a 5-year-old boy with autism.
19 September 2008 – Grand Junction, CO, USA KRDO reports yet another murder of a child with autism by his father. Police report charged Allen Lee Grabe, 51, with the first degree murder of his 13-year-old son Jacob Allen Grabe on September 11, 2008. Jacob had Asperger syndrome. His father is reported to have shot him multiple times and quoted as telling his wife, ”I had to kill him because you were ruining him.” According to the Denver Post, the arrest warrant indicates Allen Lee Grabe shot his sleeping son in the face and then put several more bullets in his son’s head as he lay dying. Jacob was an eighth grader who was particpated in track, band, and other school activities.
18 September 2008 – Charleston, SC, USA The Post and Courier reports that a school bus driver has been suspended without pay after a school employee reported that the driver struck a an eleven-year-old boy with autism who was uncooperative while boarding the bus. Police are investigating the incident.