On those terrible occasions when we read in the paper about parents killing their children with special needs, we may wonder, what could lead a parent to do that? Is the stress of raising a disabled child so terrible? Does the financial burden of medical procedures or therapies take a toll? Is it misplaced mercy, a caring parent's conviction that death is the best way to help an ailing child? Is it insanity, or insanity plus circumstances?
Money certainly wasn't a factor in the murder/attempted suicide that apparently took place this last week at New York's tony Peninsula Hotel. But, judging from an article on MomLogic, there surely were mental health problems that drove Gigi Jordan, a millionaire former pharmaceutical executive, to force-feed pills to her eight-year-old son with autism, killing him before unsuccessfully trying to kill herself.
Jordan had claimed in the past that a devil-worshiping cult had assaulted the boy, leaving him in "constant pain," but authorities could find no proof. According to a CBS news report, "Jordan told the detective her son would type on his computer to communicate the abuse to her since his autism affected his speech. [Detective Tom] Hood said the boy, six at the time, did not have the motor skills to type. When questioned, Jordan told Hood that she put her hands on top of her son's to help him type."
As MomLogic describes, Jordan left a note saying that "the only true happy moment in my life was when Jude was born" and "I hope Jude is in a better place." Sad that she felt the only way for him to get to that better place was to murder him, and that there was no one in their lives who could protect the child from his mother and the mother from herself.
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