Murder-suicide of B.C. autistic teen by his mother reignites debate over caregiver support

National Post (April 25, 2014) – Written by Sarah Boesveld

The murder-suicide of an autistic British Columbia teenager and his mother — who said she was unable to care for him — has reignited the debate over support for caregivers and the right of the disabled to shape their own destinies.

When Angie Robinson killed her 16-year-old son Robert and then herself this month, she left a suicide note saying he had become unmanageable. The teen had grown too large and was violent against himself. Meanwhile, the resources available in her Prince Rupert community were inadequate.

“Angie loved him more than anything on Earth,” relative Ron Watson said. “The shock for us was that she took his life.” [Read the full story here]

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