Amanda Telford probably felt as though she was abandoning her son when she dropped him off at an Ontario government office in Ottawa on Wednesday. Telford and her husband say they were sick over the decision, but they were no longer able to care for severely autistic 19-year-old Philippe, who also suffers from Tourette Syndrome and insulin-dependent diabetes.
Telford, a social worker, told media that she and her husband had reached the point where they unable to keep their son safe. Philippe, who functions at the level of a two-year-old, had recently wandered away from home and walked into traffic, only a couple days before getting into a secured medicine cabinet and swallowing 14 pills.
“I did everything within the system I could think of to do and I really felt I had no other recourse,” Telford said about her decision to leave Philippe at the office of Developmental Services…
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