Name: Austin Anderson.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Medical neglect, exposure, dehydration.
Location: Aldrich, Missouri, USA.
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.
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