Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Another Autism Murder Suicide: Mom killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself

Sunnyvale police: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself - Inside Bay Area

A Sunnyvale mother shot and killed her 22-year-old autistic son in his bedroom, then turned the gun on herself, according to police.

Department of Public Safety Capt. Dave Verbrugge said Wednesday that the pair were found about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in a home in the 800 block of Nectarine Ave.

He did not disclose their names or a possible motive.

But one neighbor said that Hodgins told her several times in the last few months that her son was getting increasingly harder to handle, and that she couldn't find a new program to take him.

"She just couldn't do it any more -- take care of him anymore''' said Jacquie Jauch. "She was just tired and very lonely."

Jauch said that Hodgins pleaded with her: "Please help me find a program. I need somewhere to put him. I need a rest."

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