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This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets, 50, an assistant professor for Grand Rapids Community College, who has been charged in the pool drowning of his son with autism. Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of 16-year-old Samuel Koets, told nationally syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, that he is being unfairly portrayed as an uncaring father who neglected to supervise his son. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son's death

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son's death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of Samuel...

In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, photo, Luke Humble, right, and Conor Gunderson, left, high-five one another as they think about their grocery list in the kitchen at the new Luna Azul housing development for adults with disabilities, in Phoenix. Parents in Arizona, Wisconsin, Maryland and other states have launched housing developments for adults with disabilities in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Parents of adult children with disabilities fill housing gap

Jan. 3, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Luke Humble and Conor Gunderson have settled into a comfortable rhythm since moving into their own home in Phoenix three months ago. Humble, 26, says he likes eating breakfast with his best friend before they go their separate ways to work. “Conor goes to Fry's,” said Humble,...

Superintendent fired from post at center for disabled Iowans

Dec. 31, 2019 7:03 AM EST

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The superintendent of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities has been fired amid a federal investigation into the facility. Jerry Rea was notified in a letter Monday that he was being discharged from Iowa Department of Human Services employment and his position...

Sexual arousal study investigated at Iowa home for disabled

Dec. 16, 2019 7:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Few details are being released about an investigation conducted by civil rights officials from the U.S. Department of Justice into possible human experiments focused on sexual arousal at a state-run Iowa institution for disabled residents, but Gov. Kim Reynolds recently acknowledged...

Chicago cop suspended after unarmed, autistic teen shot

Dec. 12, 2019 9:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An off-duty Chicago police officer was suspended Thursday for six months after authorities say he shot an unarmed, autistic teen in 2017 on the city's South Side. The Chicago Police Board voted to suspend Sgt. Khalil Muhammad during an evening meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago...

File-In this June 5, 2018, file photo provided by the Callaway County Sheriff's Office in Fulton, Mo., shows Anthony R. Flores, of Fulton, Mo. Prosecutors announced Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, that 54-year-old Sherry Paulo and her 59-year-old husband, Anthony, both of Fulton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide necessary care for Carl DeBrodie, resulting in his injury and death. Paulo also pleaded guilty to health care fraud for trying to hide that DeBrodie had died. (Callaway County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

2 plead guilty to civil charges in Missouri man’s death

Nov. 22, 2019 7:34 PM EST

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri couple responsible for the care of a developmentally disabled man whose body was found entombed in concrete admitted Friday that they did not seek proper medical care for him when they knew his health was deteriorating and then lied about his death. Sherry Paulo, 54,...

Parents look for answers after autistic son chokes at school

Nov. 21, 2019 3:40 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple whose autistic teenager died after choking on a latex glove say they have concerns about the way the public school system handles students with special needs. The Capital Gazette reports 17-year-old Bowen Levy died on Nov. 10, five days after he choked on a glove at...