Another side of autism: San Diego mom Patricia Corby drowns her 4-year-old son

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I was surprised to see this story from San Diego suddenly popping up in the UK press. Has this been mostly ignored here, or did I simply miss it?

    Where is the safety net?

    On the other hand, one has to wonder at the selfish of the mother. No life? When you have kids, that is your life.

    UK Independent: 'She felt like she had no life': Mother drowns autistic four-year-old son in bathtub because she was 'sick' of caring for him: Patricia Corby admitted drowning her son Daniel in a bathtub at their family home

    A mother has pleaded guilty to drowning her autistic four-year-old son after the pressure of looking after him got too much. 36-year-old Patricia Corby admitted drowning her son Daniel in a bathtub at their family home in San Diego, California last March. She then wrapped Daniel’s body in a blanket, put him on the back seat of her vehicle and drove him to a police station where she told officers what she had done. She was later arrested and charged with murder and assault on a child. According to prosecutor Walter Escobar, Daniel’s autism was the reason his mother killed him.

    UK Daily Mail: Mother admits she drowned autistic son, 4, in bathtub because 'she was sick of taking care of him' and was $70,000 in debt after paying for his care

    A mother pleaded guilty to drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a tub because she was too overwhelmed by the task of taking care of him. Thirty-seven-year-old Patricia Corby of San Diego wrapped her son, Daniel, in a blanket after drowning him and put him in the back seat of her SUV, then drove to a police station. She flagged down an officer and told him she had just killed her son. The officer then spotted the body in the blanket in the back seat of her car. The child was wet and water was foaming around his mouth.​
     

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