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Tragedy In East Texas as 21 Year Old with Autism Kills Father

Posted Aug 20 2010 12:00am

Stop-collaborate-and-listen We post this with a heavy heart.  Our children are aging, racing to adulthood. We need to have a fully honest discussion about the reality of autism for families, the urgent need for prevention, and medical treatment beyond psychiatric drugs that themselves can cause behaviors, plus the equally urgent need for respite and adult services because for millions of Americans autism is a nightmare.  And somehow we have to balance this harsh, ugly reality with education for the general public that our kids are not monsters, not killers by nature. It's a Herculean task. KS

From KLTV East Texas :

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ARP, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man is dead after authorities say his autistic son stabbed him multiple times.

David Adam Wilson, 21, has been charged with the murder of his father David Wayne Wilson.

Authorities say the suspect stabbed Wilson with a kitchen knife.

Tuesday, family members said they had been seeking medical help for the 21-year-old, and the tragedy could have been avoided.

Handcuffed by authorities, Adam Wilson was arrested for the murder of his father. Family members are shocked by the actions of the autistic 21-year-old.

"There was no way of us knowing, although his behavior was drastically different," said Angela Sanderson, the victim's sister.

"It's apparent that he retrieved a kitchen type knife, stabbed his dad multiple times in the upper body, and his dad died at the scene," said Lt. Tony Dana, with the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators were at the scene all day. When sheriff's deputies arrived Monday evening, they said they found the 21-year-old hiding inside a storage unit to the side of the house.

"He was in a very confused type state," said Dana. "He was angry. Obviously, he had made threats to family members earlier in the day."  Read the full story at KLTV East Texas .

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