Austin Anderson

Photo of Austin Anderson, a thin boy with fair skin and dark blond hair. He is holding a hand near his face and smiling.Name: Austin Anderson.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Medical neglect, exposure, dehydration.
Location: Aldrich, Missouri, USA.

Details:
In addition to autism, Austin was blind in both eyes and had adrenal insufficiency, so that he depended on steroid medication to replace the hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands.

Austin’s mother got high on meth and took him out to a field in the middle of nowhere. For two days, she withheld his food, water, and medication in the summer heat while Austin begged for her help and she refused to help him. He died from dehydration and from being refused the medication he needed to live.

His mother was charged with second-degree murder and abuse of an elderly or disabled person, but was allowed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

References:
Woman from Aldrich is charged with murdering son found in field
‘I killed my kid:’ Polk County mother charged after death of blind, autistic teen
‘Let God take you’: Woman said she left her blind, autistic son in field until he died, police say
Friend speaks about mother accused of murdering her son
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Mother Accused in Death of Disabled Son Returns to Court
Woman accused of son’s death in Polk County appears in court
Attorney releases video segments of police interview with mom accused of killing her son
Polk County mom could be out in 120 days after guilty plea in blind, autistic son’s death
Polk County Woman Pleads Guilty in Connection with Death of Blind, Autistic Son
Mother pleads guilty to son’s death
Mother pleads guilty to letting her blind, autistic son die in a field
Woman claims innocence in son’s death despite guilty plea
Once charged with murder in autistic son’s death, Ozarks woman says she’s a victim

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