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Monday, June 26, 2006

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In loving memory of Katie McCarron.

A beautiful, wonderful, happy little girl, who was murdered by her own mother(, at the age of three.

The story ran in the Chicago Tribune on June 9, 2006. I first found out about it the other day, while at my favorite neurodiversity blogger's site:

Katie's mother, trusted and loved by Katie and entrusted with her care, put a plastic bag over Katie's head, and suffocated her to death. There is no excuse for that. Katie's mother claimed that she was trying to "end her daughter's pain" because Katie was autistic. Katie was not in pain.
Here's what Katie's grandfather had to say about it:

"I would like to say something about Katie. Some newspapers have reported that this was done to end Katie’s pain; let me assure you that “Katie was not in pain”. She was a beautiful, precious and happy little girl. Each day she was showered with love and returned that love with hugs, kisses and laughter. Katie loved music; she would fill in some of the words in children’s songs as my wife would sing along with the CD that would be playing, their own version of “karaoke” . She liked to dance, she loved to do the “hooky poky”. She loved being in among flowers and tall grass. She would say “I like grass”. She enjoyed the zoo and because of all of the drills and flashcards she could identify the animals. Which I thought was pretty amazing for such a young child. She was also the only little child in her non-autistic play group that could identify an octagon. My wife and son had a party for her the day they heard that from the teacher."

She only barely got to experience life. The murder of Katie is tragic and inexcusable.
Although, Katie's mother may have had reason to believe she might be able to commit this attrocity and escape justice:

But, Katie's loving grandfather will not except Mrs. McCarron's attempt at justifying this attrocity. How could anyone stand for it?

Here are some more links I found about the tragedy, and with some of Katie's Grandfather's commentary.
I can't even express how sad a thing Katie's untimely death is. How terrifying it must have been for her, for such an act to be committed by her mother, whom she loved and trusted.

The world is a sadder place now that she's gone. Katie did not deserve to die.

Katie deserved a mother who would take good care of her. A mother who would tell her "I love you for who you are. You are my daughter, and you are perfect and beautiful to me in everyway." She deserved a mother who would laugh with her when she was happy, and comfort her when she was sad.

Katie deserved a chance to experience more of life. She deserved more days of visiting the animals at the zoo. More trips to the mall with her grandmother, and days of sitting among the tall grass she so enjoyed. She deserved more days to laugh, and play with her dolls, and to continue bringing light into the lives of the people who loved her.

Katie's mother should have loved her unconditionally. Instead she chose extinguish the precious gift that was Katie. To put a plastic bag over her head, and suffocate her trusting little girl to death.

I'm so sad about what happened to Katie. But still, I'm glad that she existed. I'm glad that she got to experience life, and see those animals in the zoo, and sit in that tall grass. But her time here was far to short. I only wish that the world that she lived in, could have been one where it was not dangerous for her to simply exist. I wish that it could have been a safe world for Katie to live in and be who she was. I hope someday, it will be such a world.


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