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FILE - This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets. Koets, a former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in his severely autistic teenage son's drowning death in an icy backyard pool. Koets was sentenced Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP File)

Michigan man sentenced to prison in drowning of autistic son

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison for manslaughter in the death of his autistic teenage son, who drowned after spending an hour in an icy backyard pool with his arms restrained. Timothy Koets, 51, was sentenced Monday to a minimum of two...

Suit: Cops killed autistic teen by sitting on him, chokehold

Jan. 14, 2021 4:48 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in a New Orleans suburb sat on a shackled, obese, severely autistic 16-year-old boy for nine minutes and put a chokehold on him for part of that time until he died, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday against the sheriff and seven deputies in the death last...

FILE - This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets. Koets, the father of a severely autistic 16-year-old Michigan, boy who drowned in a family pool, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Prosecutors accused Koets of failing to supervise his son Sam whose hands were bound while he stood in the pool in March 2019. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP File)

Dad pleads guilty in autistic son's backyard pool drowning

Dec. 9, 2020 4:44 PM EST

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The father of a severely autistic 16-year-old Michigan boy who drowned in a family pool has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors accused Tim Koets of failing to supervise his son whose hands were bound while he stood in the pool in March 2019. Koets said he had...

Laura Dilts, of Barre, Mass., holds a photograph of her 16-year-old son outside the Worcester Recovery Center, where he is a resident patient receiving assistance for his mental health, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Worcester, Mass. The coronavirus pandemic has led to rising emergency room visits and longer waits for U.S. children and teens facing mental health issues. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental health crisis

Dec. 5, 2020 9:14 AM EST

When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds. The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic, reports from parents and professionals suggest. With schools closed,...