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Mom Drops Autistic Daughter at Hospital Because She 'Couldn't Do It Anymore'

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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Mom Drops Autistic Daughter at Hospital Because She 'Couldn't Do It Anymore'

by Kiri Blakeley 19 hours ago

A couple in Georgia have been arrested for keeping their autistic teen in a feces- and urine-soaked closet. Mother Jade Jacobs has been arrested and police are on the hunt for her husband, William Brown. The 15-year-old teen first came to authorities' attention when Jacobs dropped the girl off at a local hospital, telling doctors she "just couldn't do it anymore."

Police believe the girl was starved too, since she weighed only 60 pounds when she came to the hospital. The mom reportedly said the girl refused to eat; however, nurses said she was eager to eat.

Doctors also reportedly saw bruises all over the girl's body, possibly indicating abuse, and wounds that may have indicated being restrained.

The teen, who reportedly was autistic but may also have had a head injury that led to developmental issues, was allegedly kept in the 2-by-2-foot closet-like space with only a mattress, which reeked of feces and urine.

Jacobs has been jailed on child cruelty and false imprisonment charges.

The girl's developmental problems may have been completely difficult for the parents to deal with, but this is definitely not the solution. Did the mom seek out help? Was she able to find any?

The pair also had three other children in the house, all of which have been removed, though they had no signs of abuse. Jacobs was found guilty of child endangerment 14 years ago, but it is unclear if the child in that case is this child.

Not all parents are cut out to deal with the very real problems of children who have severe learning difficulties, but it is imperative to seek out help, counsel, and to at the very least treat a child with disabilities as a human being worthy of love and respect. There is never any excuse for starving a child -- if that happened. And no matter how problematic a child might be, not cleaning up feces or urine is inexcusable.

However, at least the mom brought the child to a hospital. So much worse could have happened.

by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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SamMom912
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I dislike stories like this. I feel badly for everyone involved, The family that couldnt take it anymore I am SURE begged for help on MANY occassions. the girl DID not deserve to be treated this way. 

Stories like this are just MORE reasons HELP needs to be made MORE available to families with children with disabilities. 

I dont like the BLAME put on anyone,,, I dont,,. I dont know the full story, so Im not saying a word about that. 

jjamom
by Michele on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM
I can't understand it. I really can't. There is no reason good enough, to ever be so cruel to a child. Yes, I understand frustration with the system, but never to the point of such abuse and neglect. I am glad her Mother finally took her somewhere and dropped her off, before she died. That sounds like the only thing her Mother did that I can agree with, sadly enough.
mandee1503
by Amanda on Aug. 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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Sad story. :(
letstalk747
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

ohhhh man

Cindy18
by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

OMG!!! This story isn't about an autistic girl.... it's about horrible human beings!!! The "mom" had been found guilty of child endangerment 14 years ago!!! WTH!!!

Linagma03
by Platinum Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

The system is so gung ho about reuniting families that they don't really care if they put them back into a bad situation, if they do anything at all.  

Quoting Cindy18:

OMG!!! This story isn't about an autistic girl.... it's about horrible human beings!!! The "mom" had been found guilty of child endangerment 14 years ago!!! WTH!!!


Linagma03
by Platinum Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

This is a sad story. I really hope that the family really tried to get some help and fell thru the cracks rather than just having done this to her because she is different. It still is wrong what they did but sometimes people do horrible things thinking they are doing it for the right reasons. 

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 14, 2014 at 6:19 AM
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I agree here.

Quoting jjamom: I can't understand it. I really can't. There is no reason good enough, to ever be so cruel to a child. Yes, I understand frustration with the system, but never to the point of such abuse and neglect. I am glad her Mother finally took her somewhere and dropped her off, before she died. That sounds like the only thing her Mother did that I can agree with, sadly enough.


philippians314
by on Aug. 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

one word: cowardness.

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