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When autistic children are murdered, are they treated as victims or triggers?

Prince Rupert RCMP say autistic 16-year-old Robbie Robertson was killed by his mother (Facebook).
Prince Rupert RCMP say that earlier this month , 40-year-old Angie Robertson killed her autistic 16-year-old son, then she killed herself. Family members say Robertson and her son didn't get enough support. But Shannon Rosa says that's no excuse for a mother to kill her child. Rosa is the mother of a son with autism, and an advocate for families with autistic children. In a blog post titled "Please Stop Being Understanding When Austic Kids are Murdered," she writes:

"Once again the implication is that Robert's mother Angie, who could tell people what she was experiencing and could have walked away, was the victim; and that Robert, who relied wholly on Angie to communicate and advocate for him and who had no escape options, was ... his mother's trigger."

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