While we take comfort that Janie Gill did not murder her grandson Guy who has severe autism, the fact that she was compelled to abandon him at a rest stop is enraging. According to the article, she is raising the severely autistic teen because his parents died of drug abuse. Wow. Tragedy all around. I fear that we these stories will grow in the coming years as cute boys (and girls) with 24/7/365 soup to nuts needs for all tasks of daily living grow into full sized adults. Dirty secret? Our kids are exhausting. My girls, whom I adore, are exhausting. When I am with them, my time is not my own. I am on call, sleeping with one eye open, circling the house like security guard, never, ever at full rest. Not everyone can handle this level of work. I'm not sure how any of us does it. There are few services for severely autistic teens and fewer for adults. Programs are for kids, under 13 is the norm. Yes, I blame Janie Gill for not taking her grandson to a hospital or police station. I also am grateful she did not murder him. That's a hell of a tradeoff. And this is the legacy of autism denialism, as written about by our own Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill. Autism can be a severe, debilitating weight on a family.
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - A Rogers County grandmother is in jail, accused of dumping her 17-year-old autistic grandson at a Kansas rest stop and leaving him there alone.
Investigators say the boy has the mental capacity of a five-year-old and does not have the ability to communicate. They say he was left with no money, no medication, and no food. They say the only way for him to stay warm was to stay inside the bathroom. They say he was there for 24 hours before Kansas deputies took him to a hospital. They posted his picture on social media and an Oklahoma teacher recognized him.
The boy’s grandmother, Janie Gill, says she’s raising her grandson, Guy after his parents died from drug abuse. She says he's severely disabled and has become a lot harder to deal with since he’s gotten bigger. She says she’s asked for help, but, hasn’t received any.
After the boy was identified, they contacted Gill. They say she told them she'd given the boy to a relative in Ada. Read more at News9 HERE.