After a violent incident in Tampa, Florida, two people are under arrest and an adult man with autism is left not knowing who he can trust. The victim told ABC Action News that he was just trying to make friends on the basketball court near his home, but he ended up being beaten and robbed.
“They tried to take my phone. They beat me up. They punched me in my face,” the 22-year-old man said. The young man suffers from autism, the neurological disorder that can inhibit and impair communication and social interactions and affects one in 68 children nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The victim, whose father asked that he not be named, had gone to a basketball court near his home on Sunday, December 3, The Washington Post reported. He enjoys playing the sport and was hoping to make new friends with whom he
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A mother from Troy, Maine was convicted of manslaughter on Tuesday for the death of her 7-week-old baby, which she allegedly tried to pin on one of her two autistic sons. During her trial, 32-year-old Miranda Hopkins told the jury she drank shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night the infant Jaxson died, according to Associated Press.
Local reports claim Hopkins gave testimony on Monday, recalling how she found the infant him cold, stiff and unresponsive back in January. She claimed she blacked out and then found Jaxson “beat to hell.” However, she previously told police that one of her two autistic sons was possibly responsible for the infant’s death. She told the jury that she lied because she was afraid her other two sons, ages 6 and 8, would be taken away from her. Those two boys have been described as “profoundly autistic” and nonverbal.
“I’d been drinking,
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A Wisconsin woman has been arrested for the horrific murder of her 4-year-old son. Amelia Di Stasio, 23, was charged Wednesday with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Antonio Di Stasio, according to Milwaukee’s FOX6. According to family members, Antonio was autistic while his mother was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder.
According to the Milwaukee Journal sentinel, witnesses saw a “frazzled” woman jump from an apartment window the morning of the blaze, before fire trucks arrived. Inside the apartment, firefighters found Antonio’s lifeless body in a bathtub. His arms and hands had been tied behind his back by seven belts, while a plastic bag had been pulled over his face and tightly knotted behind his head. His autopsy revealed “significant charring” to his skin, and the criminal complaint noted that “The majority of his body was burned.” Next to the tub, they found a pet
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A retired prison guard is accused of making life difficult for the family of a 23-year-old autistic man who lives on his Staten Island block. New York’s Daily News reports the NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against Patrick Kilbane, a former state Corrections Department sergeant. The complaint claims Kilbane and his daughter Erin harassed neighbors George and Nicole Palesano and their 23-year-old son, who is autistic.
The Palesanos and Kilbanes live across the street from each other on a dead end road on Staten Island. According to the complaint, in 2008 Kilbane placed a log with a pole and flag on it along the curb in front of his house, making it difficult for their son’s school bus to turn around. He also allegedly would scream at bus drivers, yelling offensive remarks. Following complaints by the Palesanos, the city Parks Department removed the log in 2015, however,
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Dylann Roof’s first death sentence appeal for shooting and killing nine people in a Charleston church was rejected on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ordered the release of Roof’s psychological records (hundreds of pages worth) on the same day.
In those documents, according to the AP, include Roof’s insistence that he would rather die than have an autism diagnosis made public. His attorneys thought that the mass shooter did suspect that he was autistic, according to The State. Roof also wanted a federal trial so that his picture — and what he calls his unusually large forehead — would be kept off television.
In his first appeal, the 23-year-old white supremacist
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