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Preparing for Death at the Hand of Your Autistic Child

Posted Dec 12 2009 12:00am

Trudy and sky That may seem like a macabre or shock-value headline. It is not. Dr. Trudy Stuernagel, Mom to a severely autistic son in NorthEast Ohio, prepared her family for the eventuality that her son, Sky Walker, could kill her.

And he did.

Read more about Sky Walker and him Mom (RIP) at the Cleveland Plain Dealer blog HERE. Little boys with autism grow up. Little girls too.

"To Whom it May Concern: If this letter has been opened and is being read, it is because I have been seriously injured or killed by my son, Sky Walker."

No one knows for sure when Trudy Steuernagel wrote that letter.

She read it to her ex-husband, Scott Walker, in the spring of 2008, when their autistic son, Sky, had grown so violent she sometimes had to barricade herself in a closet.

By then, Trudy's life had begun to feel a lot like that closet. Small. Dark. Isolated. Her ex-husband was gone, living in Wisconsin with his new wife and stepson. Many of her friends were gone, too, lost to the demands she faced caring for Sky...

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