Note: Our Media Editor Anne Dachel has been compiling an unending list of autism horror stories from around the world. The truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's much more frightening. These posts are meant to shed light on the severity of the problem families are facing. In this case, a violent 12 year old child whose mother is begging for a placement. Families suffer in silence. Some parents snap and murder their children.
We had another mass shooting in America yesterday, at a church outside of San Antonio. Last week a man rammed a truck into New Yorkers on a bike path. America has become either numb or blind to the violence. We tsk tsk and offer our "deepest condolences" are "saddened" by so many tragedies. And nothing changes. KIM
The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour
A mum has launched a desperate appeal to have her son taken into care after she suffered several brutal assaults.
The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour.
She has been forced to barricade herself into her bedroom along with her three daughters.
The mum, who is not being named, told the Irish Mirror: "He has smashed up my windows and televisions several times.
"I have marks all over my body. I have to highlight this before my kids or me are dead."
And now, the Dublin mum is pleading with Tusla - the child and family agency - to put her son into a residential treatment centre.
She claims that her GP told her that her son, who has autism, ADHD and symptoms of manic depression, needs residential treatment.
She told the Irish Mirror: "He has been prescribed medication but is not taking it. Although he is only 12, he is the size of a grown man and is very strong.
"But they offered me counselling. I don't want counselling - I just want help for my son and for my family.
"He has given me black eyes and attacked me with a knife. He broke a bone in my hand and I was in a plaster for weeks.
"His sisters are terrified. He gave our babysitter a black eye."
She claims her son's violent behaviour began to worsen three years ago and the boy's father no longer lives in the family home.
The boy attended a local primary school before leaving to attend a special school but his alleged continued abuse of teachers and pupils meant he was no longer welcome there either.
The loving mum continued: "He received home tutoring and loved his tutor.
"In September he was given a place in a special unit in a secondary school but often arrived home within an hour and did not attend regularly."