Previous posts have described instances in which parents have tried to kill their autistic children. In Michigan, MLive reports:
As national outlets such as People Magazine and Huffington post report on the story of a Michigan woman charged with attempted murder of her autistic daughter, a Kalamazoo man is pushing for federal charges against the mother, Kelli Stapleton.
"United States Department of Justice: Charge Mother who tried to Murder Autistic Child with Federal Hate Crime" urges the online petition by Zachary Lassiter of Kalamazoo, who has been a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's Chicago chapter since its formation in June, 2012, according to his profile on that group's website.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization "run by and for Autistic people," and its slogan, posted on its website, is "Nothing about us without us."
Stapleton, 45, who has written extensively of her experiences with her 14-year-old daughter, Issy, in a blog, "The Status Woe," was ordered held without bond at her arraignment Thursday, Sept. 5 after she allegedly tried to kill her autistic teen-aged daughter and herself in a van filled with carbon monoxide last week.