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Dr. Karen McCarron (fl. 2000s) is a murder defendant, accused of smothering to death her autistic daughter Katherine (July 22, 2002-May 13, 2006). Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in delays of social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play, with onset prior to age 3 years, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



Katherine McCarron was born July 22, 2002, at Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. She was diagnosed with autism in May of 2004. In September of 2004, Katherine moved to North Carolina to live with her father, Paul McCarron, and her paternal grandmother. This move was made so that Katherine could attend a special school for autistic children, the Mariposa School in Cary, North Carolina. The family would return home on holidays and the mother would visit in North Carolina occasionally. After 20 months the family decided to return to Illinois. The father began moving back and took Katherine to their home in Illinois on May 3, 2006. On May 7, 2006 the father returned to North Carolina to finish the last three weeks of his assignment there. Katherine remained in Illinois under the care of her mother and both maternal grandparents along with her younger sister. On the afternoon of May 13, 2006, McCarron allegedly killed the daughter by suffocating her in a plastic bag. In the very early hours of Sunday morning, McCarron took Tylenol in what she described as an unsuccessful suicide attempt. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is the current U.S. Collaboration of the Week. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tylenol is a popular American brand of drugs for relieving pain, reducing fever, and relieving the symptoms of allergies, cold, cough, flu, sold by Johnson & Johnson. ...


Many autistics have rallied in favor of a conviction of Dr. McCarron. Her death has garnered intense scrutiny within the autism rights movement. Some autistics and pro-acceptance parents have made internet-based memorials for Katherine and her death. In particular, Autism Hub held a memorial on May 24 and the site was shut for the day on May 25. The autism rights movement (which has also been called autistic self-advocacy movement [2] and autistic liberation movement [3]) was started by adult autistic individuals in order to advocate and demand tolerance for what they refer to as neurodiversity. ...

The parents of some autistic and non-autistic children have spoken in support of Dr. McCarron. They claim that a lack of support and services for autistic children and their families is at least partly to blame.

In response to the news coverage the perceived supporters of Dr. McCarron received, some autism parents including Autism Vox and other disability advocates have issued what they describe as "a call for restraint" in media coverage of the case. They suggested that news coverage that is sympathetic toward Karen McCarron's act can contribute to stigmatization of disabled people, and lead to similar acts.

Autism-acceptance activists, including Autism Vox, have questioned the organization Autism Speaks, whose video titled "Autism Every Day" shows, and fails to criticize, a mother talking, apparently within her autistic daughter's hearing, about thinking of killing them both by driving off a bridge into a river with the daughter in the trunk. Autism rights and disability rights advocates have also questioned media coverage sympathetic to Karen McCarron. Autism Speaks was founded in February, 2005 by Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne, to help find a cure for autism, a year after their grandson, Christian, was given the diagnosis. ...

External links


  • This was not about autism
  • Disabilities should not dehumanize young victims
  • Beautiful, Precious and Happy: Katherine McCarron
  • I don't have a title for this post about Katherine McCarron's mother
  • Let's not blame the victim: A call for restraint and responsibility
  • News report on the death of Katherine McCarron (accessed 14 June 2006)
  • Timeline of Katherine McCarron's murder (accessed 14 June 2006)
  • Memorial to Katherine McCarron on Autism Diva blog (accessed 14 June 2006)
  • Mixed reactions to Dr. Karen McCarron's reason for killing her daughter (accessed 14 June 2006)
  • http://www.hoinews.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=8878 (accessed 14 June 2006)



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