18 September 2009 – Plymouth, England, UK A 42-year-old woman was attacked by two young men who physically assaulted her attempted to rob her while she was visiting her father’s grave. The two men knocked her down, spat on her, threatened her and called her names, kicked her, and tried to pull out her catheter tube during the attack. (more…)
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17 September 2009 – Planet Earth Here are some recent news stories about crimes against people with autism.
16 September 2009 – Fresno, CA, USA A ten-year-old boy with autism who was playing on the lawn of his home was stabbed repeatedly. The alleged attacker, Victoria Moreno, a women who lives in the neighborhood is in custody. The boy is in stable condition in hospital according to KSEE 24 News.
15 September 2009 – France Eric Sabatier, 37, and partner Virginie Darras, 30, reported that their eight-year-old daughter, Marina, who had Down syndrome was kidnapped from their car while her father went into McDonalds. Weeks later, Sabatier told police that he found his daughter’s body six weeks ago and panicked. encasing her body in cement in a trunk in a storeroom where he worked. (more…)
28 August 2009 – Pheonix, AZ, USA Angela Simpson, 33, was today indicted for first-degree murder, kidnapping, and abandonment or concealment of a body in connection with the death of 46-year-old Terry Neely. Neely, who used a wheelchair and lived in an assisted living facility appears to have been tortured for several days before he was killed. (more…)
5 August 2009 – Edwardsville, IL, USA The [Alton, IL] Telegraph reports that Johmmy Garcia, 24, was sentenced to 44 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of his 2 year-old son, Maxwell who was deaf and showing emerging signs of developmental disabilities. (more…)
28 June 2009 – Great Falls, MT, USA Summer Many White Horses, who had been charged with murder in the death of her son, James “Hymie” Many White Horses, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. Hymie Many White Horses was two years old and had been diagnosed with autism. (more…)
26 June 2009 – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Four female former inmates of Delaware County jail, have filed a lawsuit claiming that they were sexually assaulted by jailers. One of teh four is alleged victims is described as “mentally disabled” in papers filed in the court. The inmates’ claims include rape, other forms of sexual assault, death threats, and claims that initial complaints were covered up rather than properly investigated. (more…)
24 June 2009 – Washington, DC, USA It has been a bit over a month now since the U.S. Government Accounting Office released its report Seclusions And Restraints: Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers (GAO-09-719T May 19, 2009. Although the report was not restricted to special education classrooms or to students with disabilities, the study found almost all the cases identified involved the restraint of students with disabilities. A PDF of the full report can be downloaded from the GAO. The Goals of the report were to:
(1) provide an overview of seclusions and restraint laws applicable to children in public and private schools,
(2) verify whether allegations of student death and abuse from the use of these methods are widespread, and
(3) examine the facts and circumstances surrounding cases where a student died or suffered abuse as a result of being secluded or restrained. (more…)
27 May 2009 Cappoquin, Ireland The Irish Times reported on the report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The report, which uses aliases to avoid identifying individuals investigated abuse at Saint Michael’s Child Care Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy. (more…)
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In the News
12 May 2009 The Arc and UCP’s Paul Marchand will appear on ABC World News and Nightline tomorrow evening. He was interviewed regarding the abuse of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in state institutions, (more…)
2 May 2009 -George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia The Malaysia Star reports that the body of a seven-year-old girl was found where it had been buried after her murder in 2006. The now 41-year-old father of the girl and 13 other children is being held on suspicion of outraging the modesty of his three daughters. One of the three victims disclosed an allegation that he had also abused their sister who was disabiled and that he killed and buried her in 2006. On further investigation, a brother of the girls disclused that he had followed his father and knew where his sister’s body was buried. Skeletal remains were found at the site. (more…)
5 April 2009 – Alton, IL, USA According to the court Docket, the jury trial of Judy E. Woods is scheduled to begin on April 6, 2009 in an Illinois circuit court, although this may be delayed. The trial approaches without a great deal of fanfare or commotion. Judy Woods was one of five people charged in the prolonged torture of and death of Dorothy Dixon. It is alleged that Dorothy Dixon, who was 29 and six months pregnant and who had a developmental disability, was tortured for at least 2 months while her social security payments were spent by her torturers before she finally died.
30 March 2009 – Bloomington, IN, USA The Herald Times reports that a plea agreement may be reached in time to head off a trial in for a man accused to have assaulted a 14-year-old boy during an exorcism in Bloomington last year. (more…)
15 March 2009 – Niskayuna, NY, USA Thirteen-year-old Jonathan Carey died on February 15, 2007 in a van with two OD Heck Developmental Center employees and another resident of the Center. Edwin Tirado, who used improper restraint hold that asphyxiated Jonathan while the other employee got out to use the ATM machine was convicted of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to 5 to 15 years for the death of the autistic adolescent, so legally we know who is responsible, but Tirado is not the only one who shares in the long list of abuses and errors that began long before Jonathan’s death and added insult to injury after he died. (more…)