Autism Speaks…loudly today. (Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #25)

Autism Speaks…loudly today (Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #25)


Autism Speaks…loudly today. (Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #25)

Mom loses custody of 2 kids after autistic son’s hit-and-run death

In this game of life we all play, some milestones are joyous and some are not. Some are celebratory and some are sorrowful- with this post 25th post of mine that documents an unnecessary and preventable pedestrian death surely of the latter’s ilk. This story (courtesy, Orlando Sentinel) is one that should make us both a bit sad and perhaps even more mad. But there’s also an opportunity for good here- if we listen as Autism Speaks.

The mother of a 7-year-old autistic boy killed in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday night lost custody of two other children Thursday. A judge gave custody of Latasha Kendrick’s two daughters, ages 3 and 5, to the state Department of Children and Families during an emergency shelter hearing after concerns about a lack of supervision were raised, DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said. “The family has a lengthy history with social services,” Hoeppner said.

Taariq Cross, 7, was killed after being struck by two cars about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of Silver Star Road near Orlando West Drive. He was pronounced dead at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Troopers say the child ran from a nearby apartment complex into the busy road, where a Saturn clipped him and he was run over by a Honda.

DCF was called in May after Taariq ran out of his family’s apartment while he wasn’t being supervised, authorities said. Afterward, DCF helped install locks on the doors and put Kendrick in touch with day-care services.

Less than a week ago, a DCF investigator was sent to the apartment again. Hoeppner said the investigator found that some of the locks that had been installed only two months ago had been removed. The investigator did a thorough check of the home and made plans to have social workers schedule visits several times a week.

Please visit Autism Speaks for more information on this condition affecting the health of nearly 1 in 88 children born todyy. Young Taariq didn’t deserve to die so soon- and he deserved better care from a parent with at least a bit of a watchful eye versus one who chose to resist social services’ attempts at help and education.

Lastly, if you feel as I do- that Latasha Kendrick should face criminal charges for Taariq’s death, please contact Lawson Lamar, State’s Attorney (Orange/Osceola County) at 407-836-2400 and urge him to pursue them. It’s the least we can do for Taariq.

Autism Speaks…loudly today (Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #25)


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