(Gastonia, NC) – The search is still on for a missing 6-year old boy that vanished while he was at a park with his father.
Maddox Ritch has autism and doesn’t speak. His father Ian says he disappeared after he ran off and got too far ahead. His father said that he normally slows down and waits for them to catch up, but this time he didn’t. Describing the last couple of days as torture, Ian pleaded for his son’s safe return.
They’ve been playing audio of Maddox’s parents’ voices in hopes that if he is hiding somewhere or hears it he will react. Chief Robert Helton urged residents to look in their sheds, barns or wooded areas where the boy could be hiding.
(Nashville, TN) – A Tennessee father is admitting to killing his five-year-old autistic son and hiding his body. Joseph Ray Daniels faces a count of criminal homicide. Police say Daniels confessed to killing his son, Joe Daniels, ending the hope that the boy would be found alive.
Investigators say Daniels killed the boy, who was autistic and non-verbal, overnight on Tuesday or early Wednesday. At least 250 volunteers joined search parties to look for the boy, who was initially reported missing by his father.
A vigil is planned for the boy today at Friendship Baptist Church.
(SL) – A Maryland woman is charged with attempted murder because she allegedly tried to decapitate her autistic son. Kristina Petrie, 46, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and second-degree child abuse.
According to reports the incident began when Petrie’s son came home from school and went into his room to play video games. The boy’s mother appeared a short while later, with a bone saw in hand, and asked why he was not doing his homework.
That’s when Petrie pinned the boy down and then allegedly “jammed” the cutting tool against her son’s neck and began “moving it back and forth multiple times. Police say the boy managed to get away from his mother
Reportedly, Petrie’s husband admitted her to MedStar Montgomery Medical after she confessed to trying to kill the boy becasue she felt overwhelmed and feared both her sons “would grow up to be a burden to society” and as a result they “needed to die”.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Scientists say they’ve linked autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with similar gene activity.
A new study published in the journal “Science” examined 800 brains donated by people with a range of mental disorders.
In the case of these three disorders, many of the brains shared the same genetic signatures. The study’s authors hope that if more patterns can be discovered, more effective drugs can be created to treat the disorders.