Developmental disorders

In this April 14, 2020, photo, Jodi Hansen walks with her son Jacob Hansen near their home, in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Even before the new coronavirus hit, cystic fibrosis meant a cold could put Jacob Hansen in the hospital for weeks. He relies on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to keep germs at bay because has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but these days shelves are often bare. For millions of disabled people and their families, the coronavirus crisis has piled on new difficulties and ramped up those that already existed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 06, 2020 - 9:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even before the coronavirus hit, cystic fibrosis meant a cold could put Jacob Hansen in the hospital for weeks. He relies on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to stay healthy because he also has cerebral palsy and can't easily wash his hands from his wheelchair, but these...
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Mohammed, a 14-year-old with autism, sits at a play ground outside his home Wednesday April 15, 2020 in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris. France's confinement measures provide an exception for people with autism that allows them to go out in places where they are accustomed to. Coronavirus lockdown is proving an ordeal for kids with disabilities and their families who are having to care for them at home because special schools have been shut down to curb infections. (Courtesy of family via AP)
April 25, 2020 - 1:31 am
PARIS (AP) — After weeks of France's strict lockdown, Mohammed, a 14-year-old with autism, took a pickax and started hitting the wall of his house, hoping that he could finally go out. His explanation: “Too long at home, too hard to wait." Coronavirus lockdown is proving a particularly trying...
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This undated image provided by the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows Linda La Roche, 64, of Cape Coral, Fla., who has been charged with homicide and hiding a corpse in the 1999 death of Peggy Lynn Johnson. Johnson was known only as Jane Doe after her body was found in a cornfield in Racine County, Wisconsin, until DNA testing in 2019 identified her. (Lee County Sheriff's Office via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 64-year-old nurse has been charged in the killing of a 23-year-old cognitively impaired woman whose battered remains discovered at the edge of a cornfield in southeastern Wisconsin were for two decades known simply as "Jane Doe," police said Friday. Linda Sue La Roche was...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2015, British main opposition Labour Party lawmaker Harriet Harman speaks during a press conference at their party headquarters in London. A British Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights said in a report issued Friday Nov. 1, 2019, many people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained in “horrific” conditions and is calling for an overhaul of the system, “This inquiry has shown with stark clarity the urgent change that is needed,” said the committee chair, Harriet Harman, in the statement. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
November 01, 2019 - 9:55 am
LONDON (AP) — A British Parliamentary committee says some young people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained under "horrific" conditions and has called for an urgent overhaul of the medical system overseeing their treatments. In a report issued Friday, the Joint Committee on Human...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks. The Texas inmate who says he is intellectually disabled is set to be executed Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, 2019, for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in their North Texas home that also killed his wife. Sparks, 45, faces lethal injection for the September 2007 slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 9:35 pm
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-...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Texas death row inmate Mark Soliz. Soliz is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, for the 2010 slaying of Nancy Weatherly during a robbery at her home near Godley, Texas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
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September 10, 2019 - 6:47 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday evening 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...
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor addresses attendees of an event promoting her new children's book "Just Ask!" in Decatur, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/John Amis)
September 03, 2019 - 9:42 am
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...
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Darin Schilmiller appears in state court for his arraignment Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, on charges of murder in Anchorage, Alaska. The 21-year-old Indiana man, charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman, pleaded not guilty to multiple murder counts. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 5:33 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman has pleaded not guilty to five murder counts. The Anchorage Daily News reports Darin Schilmiller entered his pleas Friday. He's charged in the death of 19-year-old...
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File - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Office shows Apolinar Altamirano, a citizen of Mexico charged with murder in the shooting death four years ago of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb. A judge has ruled prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against Altamirano because he is intellectually disabled. The ruling means Altamirano will face life in prison if he's convicted of murder in the 2015 killing. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, File)
July 05, 2019 - 5:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb because the accused is intellectually disabled, a judge has ruled. The ruling Wednesday means Apolinar...
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June 20, 2019 - 1:58 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has vacated the federal death sentence for an Arkansas man convicted of killing a 16-year-old Texas girl in 1994, concluding the inmate can't be put to death because he's intellectually disabled. Attorneys for Bruce Carneil Webster had challenged his death sentence based on...
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