Video shows mom pushing autistic son into Miami canal, in what cops say was a first attempt
MIAMI — Days after Miami’s Patricia Ripley was charged with her autistic son’s murder, shocking surveillance video of her apparently pushing the child into a canal has emerged.The video, obtained and aired by Univision’s national news network, shows Ripley walking 9-year-old Alejandro on the bank of a West Kendall canal, looking around, stroking his head — and then forcefully shoving him into the water.Then, Ripley runs away off screen. About 20 seconds later, she returns accompanied by a bystander who saw the child in the murky water and rushed to rescue him.Authorities say the shove was Ripl...
Miami mother of drowned autistic boy admits leading him to canal, cops say
MIAMI — Patricia Ripley, the mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and said “he’s going to be in a better place,” police said.The shocking details of her confession emerged Saturday as Miami-Dade homicide detectives booked Ripley, 47, of West Kendall, into jail on a charge of first-degree murder. The arrest came a little more than a day after she reported that Alejandro Ripley had been kidnapped by two robbers who ran her car off the road Thursday night — a report that sparked ...
Kids with autism being denied an education during the pandemic, Pa. class action suit says
PHILADELPHIA — Students with autism are illegally being denied an education during the government-ordered coronavirus school shutdown, a class-action lawsuit filed this week alleges.The outcome of the lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia on behalf of two Bucks County children, could potentially affect thousands of disabled students.At its heart is a claim that Gov. Tom Wolf failed to name as “life-sustaining” services that provide in-person education to nonverbal and partially verbal children with autism — kids for whom online instruction and services are ineffective.Also ...
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Mom had no child-care options for her son with autism — so she had to quit her job
MIAMI — Arasay Peñate didn’t know what autism spectrum disorder was when she arrived in Little Havana from Cuba three years ago with her young son, who had trouble saying the word “mamá.”But since her son, now-4-year-old David Silva Jr., was diagnosed with the condition, her plans of coming to Miami to study and get a good job became secondary to her son’s care.In March, when the coronavirus pandemic forced her son’s child care at Easterseals South Florida to close down, Peñate froze when she realized she faced an impossible choice.The couple’s calculation at the time was simple: Her husband, ...
Autism never stopped supermarket baker from working. So, the coronavirus hasn’t either.
Anthony Russo never likes to miss work. Even on his days off, he wants to be at the Stop & Shop in Madison.When the coronaviruspandemic reached New Jersey, Russo’s stance didn’t change. As an essential workerat a grocery store, he had the option to continue going to his job.Russo, a 26-year-old on the autism spectrum, understood the risks presented by the pandemic, but he remained committed.“He wants to go in there and do it. And he is not afraid. We educated him about what’s going on, as well as the store,” said Donna Russo, Anthony’s mother. “And we told him how important it was to keep wash...
How to help kids with Autism cope with quarantine
MANILA, Philippines — Navigating daily life during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a struggle in itself, as the world grapples with a virus it is still trying to understand and respond properly to.A magnifying glass held over our respective homes only reveals the brewing chaos left by our inability to plan ahead, unable to determine what’s to come in the following weeks or months.How then do parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder even begin to explain the multi-faceted problems of COVID-19, which has killed tens of thousands and debilitated entire...