Momlogic's Vivian: The New York Daily News reports that Micaela Jackson, 37, and her 12-year-old autistic son, Kenneth Holmes, were found in bed in the single mother's apartment in the Bronx -- both dead from gunshots to the head. Police believe Jackson shot her son first, then shot herself.
Jackson's sister, worried because she couldn't get in touch with her, called the cops and showed up at her place to find the door chain locked from the inside. The super let her in, and she found a 9-mm pistol near their bodies.
This is not the first story we've heard about a mom of an autistic child going on a murder-suicide mission. A few months back, we learned about a mom who killed her son and then herself in a Manhattan hotel.
It's no secret living that with an autistic child can be extremely stressful, and it's heartbreaking to learn of parents who snap under the pressure. One things for sure: We'll be reaching out to friends of ours with autistic children to offer support more often.
Do you know anyone with an autistic child? How do you reach out to support them?