Sunnyvale police: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself

8 Mar

The San Jose Mercury News reports today Sunnyvale police: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself

A Sunnyvale woman who told neighbors she was “so tired” and could no longer handle caring for her 22-year-old autistic son shot him in his bedroom and then turned the gun on herself.

Elizabeth Hodgins’ husband came home at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday to find his wife and their son, George, dead, according to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. Police declined to point to a motive. She left no note.

The story details how the mother wanted to get her son into a more community-oriented program. For the record, I am well aware of the program he was in before and it is excellent, with caring, dedicated staff.

3 Responses to “Sunnyvale police: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself”

  1. Catherina March 8, 2012 at 18:17 #

    heartbreaking 😦

  2. Liz Ditz March 8, 2012 at 19:39 #

    Shannon’s response (her son is at the school the murdered young man aged out of) We Must Do Better

  3. Laura Hathaway March 14, 2012 at 18:55 #

    This is so incredibly sad! Caring for an autistic child, teen, young adult, adult requires endless resources in every aspect. Respite care gives family caregivers of elderly relatives a much needed break. It would be so great if the same type of service was available to caregivers of children with autism. Prayers for God’s blessings on this family.

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