Latest Developmental disorders News

Defense lawyers want trial in 4 killings pushed to 2021

Oct. 18, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for a Salvadoran immigrant charged with four northern Nevada homicides want to postpone his trial to determine whether he has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty if convicted. Public defenders for Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, have...

Bus carrying developmentally disabled flips over; 17 injured

Oct. 4, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A bus carrying developmentally disabled people crashed into a car, flipped over and hit two more vehicles in Ohio on Friday, sending 17 people to hospitals. Five people were severely injured in the accident in Sylvania Township near Toledo, but Sgt. Jared Ulinski of the Ohio State...

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-year-old...

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Texas inmate condemned for fatally stabbing his two stepsons (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A Texas death row inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled has been executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in their...

3 dead in fire at Wisconsin group home for mentally disabled

Sep. 19, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Three residents have died in a fire at a group home for intellectually disabled people in eastern Wisconsin Thursday, officials said. Two residents escaped the fire, which started about 6 a.m. at the Fond du Lac group home, while three others were found dead on the second floor,...

The Latest: Arson not suspected in Wisconsin group home fire

Sep. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin fire that killed three residents of a group home for mentally disabled (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities say arson is not suspected in a fire that killed three residents of a Wisconsin group home for intellectually disabled people. Fond du Lac Fire...

Kentucky school sued, accused of mistreating autistic child

Sep. 18, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The parents of a Kentucky middle school student with autism are suing school district officials, accusing employees of dragging their son down a hallway, kicking him and carrying him unwillingly up stairs. The Herald-Leader reports Courtney Jo Grayson and Donnie Jack Grayson Jr. filed...

Texas executes man who killed woman during spate of crimes

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the state...

Eagles build room in Linc for fans with sensory needs

Sep. 7, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the chorus of "Fly! Eagles! Fly!" or "E-A-G-L-E-S" chants become too overwhelming for fans with sensory needs at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles took a big step to make sure those fans don't have to leave the event. The Eagles partnered with Children's Hospital of...

Justice Sotomayor encourages kids to 'Just Ask' in new book

Sep. 3, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said that the seed for what has become her latest children's book was planted the day a woman called her a drug addict. Sotomayor , who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7, had gone to the bathroom of an upscale New York restaurant to give...