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Mom blogger charged in near homicide

Mom allegedly tries to kill autistic daughter, commit suicide.
By Scott Dunlop

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US mommy blogger Kelli Stapleton has been charged with attempted homicide after allegedly trying to take her own life as well as the life of her daughter, according to

"Suicide attempt"

Stapleton was reportedly found unconscious with her daughter in the family van where she had allegedly left burning coals in what investigators suggest was a suicide attempt. Her daughter is yet to regain consciousness, although Stapleton’s condition is improving.

She had closely documented her relationship with her daughter on her blog, The Status Woe, often recounting her struggles with raising a daughter with autism spectrum disorder. In particular, Stapleton’s primary conflict has been in helping her daughter control her aggression, according to her online journal.

The stress of caring

She speaks of her long-term efforts in trying to get her daughter Issy treated at a special facility which would help her modify her behaviour, and also of the financial burdens such treatment would cost. Issy is reportedly violent and the victim of mood swings. Stapleton’s fundraising efforts were widely reported in her local media, as well as her claims that she has been hospitalised more than once by her daughter’s violent attacks.

The link between autism and violence is said by some medical professionals to be a myth, although non-compliant behaviour and behaviour such as screaming fits are possible indicators of autism spectrum disorders (amongst many other signs and symptoms).

You can read more about autism spectrum disorders here:

Autism spectrum disorders

All about autism

Another possible factor for an emotional breakdown could be the fatigue and stress brought on by caring for a child with mental health issues. Coupled with the regular pressures of financial difficulties and personal issues, a parent or caregiver of a child with autism may experience symptoms of depression.

If you suspect you may be struggling with depression, do consult a medical professional:

9 tips for aiding a depressed teen

My life with post natal depression

Have you ever felt like you weren't coping as a parent?


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2013-09-05 13:27

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