By Kim Stagliano
The Hartley family of Texas used hidden cameras in a group home to prove that the paid staff was assaulting their son. They caught the abuse on tape. He's 22! He is likely to have another 60 - 65 years assuming an underpaid, undertrained piece of sh*t "caregiver" doesn't kill him or allow him to wander to his death. "Taylor's autism and his size made it difficult for him to remain with his parents." Oh my God - I see teen boys at speech every week who are 5' 9" - 5' 11' inches tall and weigh 250 pounds. One boy must weigh well into the 300s. They are teenagers! That's likely a "side effect" of their medications. How long before they end up in a group home because aging parents can not care for them any longer? They are just too BIG. The adult wave is coming and the injuries, abuse and even death that will follow will grow until the mainstream world simple says, "Ah yeah, another one of those people died in a group home."
I feel like The Lorax. Anne Dachel is definitely The Lorax. Most of our readership is too. "I am an Autism Mom! I speak for our children! My husband and I have already sat with the police, the District Attorney talking about assault against our child with autism, when she was 10! Wake up America - we need treatment (put the needle on the broken record again) and yes some form of recovery for our kids. Or I fear they will end up like the truffula trees. THWACK! Unless...
An Allen couple suspected a caretaker was abusing their autistic son. But they had trouble convincing operators of the group home where he was living, as well as state authorities. So they took matters into their own hands, which led to a shocking discovery and criminal charges.
Karen and Michael Hartley secretly placed a hidden camera inside their son Taylor’s room at residential nursing home and documented an alleged beating of the 22-year-old.
“You promise this child when they’re born that you’re going to love them forever and you’re going to protect them,” Karen Hartley said of her love for her son.
Taylor’s autism and physical size, as he grew older, made it difficult for him to stay with his parents.
So Karen and Michael moved Taylor into several homes in east Allen, then operated by Frank Nerkowski.
Within days of living at a home, located in the 800 block of Meadowcreek, the family received a phone call.
“I get a call from our dentist and he says, ‘Karen you’re not going to believe this but Taylor has a compound fracture of his jaw’,” recalled Karen.
Caretaker Michael Fuller and another worker blamed the injury on a fall.
“At first we tried to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Michael said of the situation.
For months the family documented bruises on Taylor’s ears and legs, as well as burns on his arm.
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Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.