Sam Koets

Photo of a smiling boy in a helmet. His arms are tied to his side with straps.Name: Sam Koets.
Died: March 28, 2019.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse (Drowned while tied up and unsupervised near pool).
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Details:
Sam was made to live in the family’s unfinished basement, in horrible conditions. He died when his father left him alone, hands tied, near the family’s pool on a cold spring day. A little while later, he texted Sam’s thirteen-year-old sister, asking her to check on Sam. She sent back a photo of Sam, wading chest-deep in the pool, which was so cold it had ice floating on top. Sam’s father, however, did nothing to help Sam; he did not call emergency services, attempt to return home, or contact anyone but Sam’s thirteen-year-old sister who was watching Sam die in front of her eyes. Sam’s body was found floating in the icy pool; he had been dead at least an hour.

The family had been under child protective services’ supervision for some time. Sam’s father knew perfectly well that Sam could not be left unsupervised around water, especially not with his hands tied; yet he left for work, leaving Sam alone. He was charged with manslaughter and child abuse. Sam’s thirteen-year-old sister was taken into foster care.

Sam’s father pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was given a 2-15 year sentence, and his mother was given 21 days in jail for refilling Sam’s Ritalin prescription after he died.

References:
‘Sam had value’: Judge sentences father, former GRCC professor to 2-15 years for disabled son’s drowning
Father pleads guilty in drowning death of disabled son
GRCC fires man accused of manslaughter in son’s death
Michigan man charged with involuntary manslaughter in autistic son’s drowning death now accused of illegally filling teen’s prescriptions
GRCC professor headed to trial in son’s death
Haunting final photo shows disabled boy moments before he drowned in icy pool
Michigan dad charged after bound autistic son drowns in pool
‘It’s a nightmare:’ Professor’s arrest in death of son with severe autism rocks family
Former student shocked after professor charged in son’s death
Dad Charged in Death of Teen Son Who Has Autism
Local professor faces manslaughter charges in autistic son’s death
Michigan Professor Arraigned in Drowning Death of Autistic Teen Son Found in Icy Pool With Arms Bound
Father didn’t alert rescuers when son with autism waded into deep, cold pool, police report says
Father charged with manslaughter in son’s death
Teen with severe autism found dead in icy pool with arms bound; Michigan professor father charged
Professor facing charges in drowning death of son with special needs
Father charged with manslaughter in son’s death
Georgetown Township Father Arrested After Son’s Death
Professor facing charges in connection with drowning death of son with special needs

One thought on “Sam Koets

  1. Koets was just [1 November/2 November] mentioned on THE THINKING PERSONS’ GUIDE TO AUTISM.

    Glad the sister was watching out for him [?].

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