We've had a number of stories lately on mothers killing autistic or possibly autistic children.
- Mother Posts Blog Blaming Stress Before Killing...
- Texas Mom Kills Children, Blames Autism
- Colorado Mom Wanted to Have 'Fun in Life'
What can anyone say about this? Children are stressful, normal or not. Depression, stress, lack of supports, et cetera, are not excuses to kill. I do not doubt depression is real in some cases, but I do not tolerate any excuse for killing children. Even if we don't have perfect supports, there are supports in most cities and counties. Families also have a responsibility to intervene. It is impossible for me to imagine no one was aware problems were present before these children were killed.
The association of autism with infanticide is a common theme in media. I won't bother listing examples.