Mom charged in death of son with autism

7 Jul

A recent news story, Mom charged in death of son with autism, the discusses how an adult autistic was allegedly murdered by his mother:

She was arraigned the same day on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree felony abuse. Court records reviewed by 24 Hour News 8 indicate she starved her son to death.

The Vulnerable Adult Abuse charge stems from, court records show, Jackson’s “Failure to insure that he (the victim) receive proper nutrition , hydration and or medical care.”

“I just found out. I’m really at awe,” said Jackson’s friend Manda Diskin. “I can’t believe they found enough to charge her with murder.”

The mother’s friend goes on to defend the mother :

“These kids have a lot of ailments that people don’t know,” said Diskin. “Without speaking, they can’t always tell you that they’re in pain. Not having a verbal way to tell someone that you’re hurting. That could happen to anyone with a special needs kid.”

I am having a very hard time understanding that statement. Are we to believe that after 25 years the mother could not tell her son was starving to death because he was non verbal?

Bail in this murder case was set at $10,000. As is common in the United States, the mother was a letter to obtain a bond with 10%.

Second degree murder charge and out with only $1000.

I am at a loss for words.

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11 Responses to “Mom charged in death of son with autism”

  1. lilady July 7, 2012 at 15:26 #

    “I am at a loss for words.”

    Apparently others are not “at a loss for words”…the comments are flying back and forth on the link you provided…as well as on other media sites that have written about this case.

    Why did it take authorities a full year to decide to prosecute? Certainly the medical
    examiner would have done a postmortem examination, which would have easily determined that the young man was starved to death and referred the case to the district attorney for prosecution.

    IMO, it is no different than a mother who starves her infant to death, with the exception that a baby’s death at the hands of the mother, would have resulted in more of an outcry for justice and earlier charges brought against the perpetrator.

    Too bad that some believe that caring for a developmentally disabled child, are considered “extenuating circumstances” and triggers sympathy for the parent/murderer.

    • Sullivan July 7, 2012 at 19:27 #

      Lilady,

      Are people noting that the mother’s mother apparently ran an adult foster care home for a number of years?

      • lilady July 7, 2012 at 21:01 #

        Sullivan:

        I’ve scanned the articles and didn’t see information about the mother’s mother running an adult foster care home…for a number of years.

        However, I located this article posted online 2 hours ago, which gives some more details about the case:

        http://www.heraldpalladium.com/articles/2012/07/07/local_news/10668397.txt

        “Yodi Jackson’s boyfriend and two children were living in the home at the time of Chad Jackson’s death, Conklin said. Jackson is cooperating with police and she has expressed remorse, he said.”

        A few of the other articles state that the police who were summoned to the scene, were “suspicious” about the circumstances surrounding the death. (The home looked *normal*, except for the young man’s bedroom which *was not kept up as the rest of the home*.

      • Sullivan July 7, 2012 at 23:05 #

        lilady,

        Here’s the document I found

        http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/ham/boh/pdf/brs/02-330.pdf

        If I had read this right, and her mother has run adult foster care since 1980

        Adult foster care : http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5455_27716_27717—,00.html

  2. lilady July 8, 2012 at 16:32 #

    Sullivan…You really have done your research.

    The mother was an adult foster care provider and her daughter was listed as a “backup” provider. At a “minimum”, the mother violated the regulations, by permitting her son who has a criminal record, to live within her home, amongst the vulnerable population that she was caring for. The mother and her “backup” daughter are equally as culpable.

    • Sullivan July 8, 2012 at 17:10 #

      Not much research. Her full name is unique (or almost unique). She’s easily googled.

  3. psychtld July 9, 2012 at 07:00 #

    “Are we to believe that after 25 years the mother could not tell her son was starving to death because he was non verbal?”

    I’m sure she’d like us to. Personally, I cannot believe it. Let’s face it … is it really possible that she could possibly not know that he was starving? Nobody told her he hadn’t been fed? She couldn’t even see for herself that he was hungry?

    Of course it’s bullshit. She knew.

  4. lilady July 9, 2012 at 16:56 #

    Absolutely agree, that the starving and dehydration of her son was a deliberate act. The young man was non-verbal, yet he did attend some sort of day program (neighbors say he was transported aboard a school bus). Just how long did she keep him out of program, where he would have been fed and offered liquids…and the dramatic weight loss and signs of dehydration would have been noticed…and action taken to get him medical attention?

    I recall my own son who was profoundly, multiply disabled and medically fragile. He would refuse nourishment at times due to another of his many viral illnesses. He was also non-verbal and in spite of coaxing him to take nourishment, oftentimes he had to be hospitalized for IV re-hydration and replenishment of electrolytes. They were trying times for him and for me, because I stayed with him around the clock for days on end…until the crises passed and he was released to home.

    I only hope that the case goes to trial so that we can see the evidence, read the sworn testimony of the medical examiner and read the sworn testimony of the police and rescue workers called to the scene.

  5. Calli Arcale July 9, 2012 at 19:49 #

    I could understand not knowing the man had an underlying illness that killed him — but you don’t arraign someone for killing someone by failing to provide adequate nutrition and hydration without a coroner’s report saying they died of starvation/dehydration. Not if you want to win a conviction, and most prosecutors aren’t that stupid. They know acquittals look bad on their record. I do also wonder why it took so long to file charges; apathy? looking for more evidence to support sterner charges?

    • lilady July 9, 2012 at 23:42 #

      @ Calli Arcale: See my post above and the quote from a media source:

      “Yodi Jackson’s boyfriend and two children were living in the home at the time of Chad Jackson’s death, Conklin said. Jackson is cooperating with police and she has expressed remorse, he said.”

      I suspect that her court-appointed attorney is already in the process of making a deal and she will be copping a plea for a lesser charge. (sigh)

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