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Autistic Teen Basketball Player Defies Odds, Headed To Kent State

(Little Rock, AR) – At 18-years old standing at 6 feet 10 inches, it’s no surprise that Kalin Bennett has signed a national letter of intent to play D1 basketball at Kent State.  What’s amazing about this story is that Kalin has autism.
A serious developmental disorder that impairs one’s ability to communicate and interact, Kalin didn’t walk until he was four and didn’t start talking until he was 7.  Some people with autism never talk and anything close to being sociable is a dream. Kalin himself says that he used to hate being around people.  Now, he just might be the first autistic student athlete to play  D1 college hoops.
Bennett says, “I used to be in the corner, like, I wouldn’t say nothing, I used to not like people at all,” he said. “I was always by myself, always alone.”Kalin’s mom Sonja Bennett adds, “He’s overcome being nonverbal. He’s sociable now, he focuses on you, he talks to you, he’ll hug you.”
Inspiring indeed, the teen credits basketball for helping him beat his condition; and a very supportive mother of course who reassures Kalin daily that he can do and be whatever he wants.  Kalin started playing in 3rd grade and his mother says it was the game of basketball that helped him build his self-esteem and with the brotherhood his teamwork skills excelled as well.
Kalin who will head to Ohio next fall to play for Kent State is also gifted at math and music.  He plays four instruments with percussion being his favorite.
Can’t isn’t a word.

Search Still On For Missing Autistic Boy

(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.

Father Admits To Killing His Five-Year-old Autistic Son

(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.

Mother Tries To Saw Off Autistic Son’s Head

(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”.

Scientists Find Genetic Patterns Between Mental Disorders

(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.