Friday, January 11, 2008

Trial and tribulation

Kristina Chew is blogging daily at Autism Vox about the ongoing trial of Karen McCarron, who killed her autistic daughter Katie in May, 2006. Each update hurts more than the last. I read today's update hours ago, and I am still reeling from it.

I'm left today, as I was in May, 2006, without words.

In the time since Katie's death, her grandfather, Mike McCarron, has become an online friend. My thoughts and my wishes for peace, comfort, and strength are with Mike and his family always, but they are especially strong this week as they are forced to relive what to me is unimaginable, but to them is reality.

My heart is with you, Mike. With you and, most especially, with Katie.

14 comments:

Jenn said...

I've been reading Kristina's updates as well - as painful as it is. My heart goes out to Mike, his wife and his son for their loss. This trial must be heart wrenching for them to endure.

goodfountain said...

This has been such a difficult story to read. I have been following it on Kristina's site as well. I am sad for the family and, like you, have no words.

Stimey said...

You look at that photo of that beautiful little girl, and you can't even imagine how someone could do that to her. It hurts to read about it.

Drama Mama said...

It's like a Greek tragedy.

I wonder what went on in Karen McCarron's mind. Did she not have support? Did she not have friends, or a community, as we do? There is a comment on Kristina's post about it being "pure evil". Evil? I don't know? Mentally compromised, depressed - and I'm not sure it could be over autism. What about her daughter frightened her so much about herself?

graceunderautism said...

What sad sad tragedy. My heart goes out to her family especially but also to any other family out there that is on the edge and doesn't realize that they can get help.

Club 166 said...

From all accounts, her husband and in-laws were very loving and supportive.

When Karen mentioned the possibility of institutionalizing Katie her mother-in-law immediately offered to raise her instead.

Yes, I'm sure that Karen was depressed. And she had either convinced herself (or been convinced by others) that autism was something to be gotten rid of.

When she couldn't get rid of the autism, she got rid of Katie, and then tried to cover it up.

Joe

kristen said...

This is sadness beyond belief. And my heart goes out to the family. I've been reading Kristina's posts too, and my heart breaks with every word.

kyra said...

i'm right there with you, mom-nos. i am physically ill from reading the words that describe the horrors of that crime.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

So sad. Easy to get feeling holier than thou over, but just goes to show how desperate one can feel when dealing with this.

Daisy said...

It is so sad. It's been hard to read, but I've needed to read it. My heart goes out to the family. Their loss was compounded by the trial and the publicity.

Maddy said...

It's still unfathomable to me.
Best wishes

for what it's worth said...

What a precious life lost! In Canada, we are hearing the appeal of a father who murdered his daughter who had cerebral palsy. The Appeal!!!! It makes me fume, and like you I am at a loss for words (or at least words that my mother would let me say in her presence).

Please, please pass on my heartfelt support and best wishes to your friend Mike. This is an unthinkable crime and the damage that Karen's actions have caused are not just within her own realm. There are, seemingly hundreds of, folks who feel the agony of this little girl's life being stolen away from her and whose lives will never be the same.

Kelly said...

I had not heard about this story before. Incredibly painful to even think a Mother would do that to her child.

David said...

I cannot find words to respond to this sorrow.