Teenager with Autism Stabbed to Death by Caregiver
June 13, 2013
By Autism Society
Earlier this week, Alex Spourdalakis, a young teenager was killed and Alex's mother and godmother have now been arrested for this senseless death. Alex was a person living with autism.
Dorothy Spourdalakis, 50, and Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, 44, were both charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Dorothy's son Alex Spourdalakis. Alex Spourdalakis was found dead in his bed inside a second-floor apartment whom he shared with his mother other relatives. Sources say that the two women had grown frustrated with the teen, who required around-the-clock care, and had plotted to kill him using sleeping pills. When that didn't work, the boy's mother allegedly stabbed him four times in the chest before slitting his wrists. Skrodzka, Alex's godmother, also allegedly stabbed the boy multiple times. The two women were also in the apartment at the time of Alex being found dead and were reportedly lying in a semiconscious state after taking sleeping pills in an attempt to take their own lives. The women were taken to a hospital for treatment before being questioned by police. Click here to read more.
We are a society that must always value the life of any person. While the courts will ultimately determine the guilt or non guilt of those accused for Alex's murder, we must always remember that Alex was a person who deserved a life of love and support no different than any other person and his life was tragically ended. We all know that services are needed to support individuals with autism, but we strongly encourage that this case be handled no differently than a tragic death of any child whose life was stopped. Far too many children or adults with autism have been harmed or killed by others for the simple reason they were autistic. That, can never be allowed in a civilized society. Our prayers and thoughts are directed to Alex and those who loved him for who he was.
Don't forget that the Autism Society is here to help. Call the Autism Society of America's 7 day a week Contact Center at 1-800-3AUTISM or email us at email@example.com if you need to talk with a person about the Alex Spourdalakis’s tragedy or are looking for supports for someone living with autism.
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