Friday, June 09, 2006

More horror, more heartbreak

According to news reports, by her own admission, on May 13 Karen McCarron drove her autistic 3-year-old daughter Katie to her mother's house, where she knew no one was home.

She put a plastic bag over Katie's head and held it there until Katie stopped breathing.

Then she drove to the grocery store and bought ice cream.

Yesterday in an Illinois courtroom, Karen McCarron entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of first degree murder.

I read the news story as Bud played with his Teletubby dolls on the floor next to me. He had them crashing into each other and falling down.

According to Katie McCarron's grandfather, Michael McCarron, who is quoted in the same article, Katie was "a happy, endearing child who loved to swing and play in the grass and would line up her Teletubby dolls so they could 'kiss' each other." He made this picture of Katie available; as you can see, she is playing with her Po doll. It's just like Bud's.

My heart is broken for Katie all over again.


gretchen said...

I usually have a morbid interest in news stories like this. (Reports of humans being inhuman to one another.) But this one hits too close to home. Much, much too close. I can hardly bear it.

Rest in peace Katie. You must have been too good for this world.

Anonymous said...

I, too, find this story unbearable. I cannot wrap my mind around it, it is senseless.

Anonymous said...

As the sister of a brother who had mental illness for years and committed suicide this year, nothing is incomprehensible to me any more. Andrea Yates killed everyone of her children and thay were all apparantly neurotypical. Mental illness and child abuse knows no boundaries whether the child has a disability or not. The vast majority of children abused and murdered by their parents in this world are NT kids. However I can bet most of the the murdering parents have some sort of mental illness. Maybe we should be focusing some of our concern on how underserved the mentally ill population is regarding diagnosis and treatment.

MOM-NOS said...

Mary Beth, I'm truly sorry for your loss. In situations like this, there are no winners. You raise an important point, and one that I hope people think about when they are at the ballot box making decisions about what our national priorities should be.

Stephen Drake said...

Is it that Katie was "too good for this world" or was that her mother thought Katie "wasn't good enough for her?

There are no explanations for things like this. Not Katie's autism, not "lack of support" (Karen wasn't Katie's primary caregiver, anyway). "Mental illness" isn't even an explanation.

The vast majority of people labeled with a mental illness don't commit acts of violence, let alone murder. And most people who do commit acts of violence and murder don't have a label of mental illness.

Anonymous said...

I think part of the answer is contained in my reply to Mom's previous post on New Beginnings. Parents are told how devastating autism is. I would bet money on any media report on autism containing the words, "this devastating disease." These parents aren't given support in raising and enjoying their autistic child. They are persuaded that the only hope for their child is a cure.

Katie McCarron was killed by a mother obsessed. It is this obsession that is so dangerous. One of Generation Rescue's "angels" actually made this comment about his own son on the Whose Planet is it Anyway? blog.

If he dies young, I will rejoice for him that he has excaped the nightmare that was his life.

These are dangerous people to have around autistic kids.

Anonymous said...

she pleaded not guilty? Well, I guess in a world where men are caught by Dateline driving 2 hours to have sex with a underage girl and then LIE THEIR HEADS OFF about why they're standing naked in a stranger's kitchen with condoms, dope and beer, I guess ANYONE can be deluded...

I'm so angry about this I've gone all the way through to numbness...