34-year-old Stephanie Rochester of Boulder, Colorado has been charged in the smothering murder of her 6-month-old son Rylan. She allegedly killed her own son over fears that he may have Autism. I think I speak not only for parents of children with Autism but also for most parents when I say so fucking what if he did have Autism. Not to mention the fact that Autism can’t be diagnosed at 6-months.
I guess she thought she had a better way of recognizing Autism in children than most medical professionals. She says that she worked as a counselor for children with Autism for 2 years and could recognize the symptoms. I worked as a medical biller for a gastroenterologist practice for five years. That doesn’t mean I can diagnose someone with Crohn’s disease.
It seems that Rochester had this Autism obsession since she was pregnant and kept trying to force the idea on her doctors.
The night before Rylan was killed, Rochester and her husband took him to an urgent care because Rylan didn’t want to eat and was being fussy. I think that’s called being a baby but then again I’m not a doctor.
While at the urgent care center Rylan’s father is believed to have said something to the effect of he didn’t realize that it would be this hard being a parent. Every single parent has said that to themselves at one point or another, however, I don’t think he meant as a reason for Rochester to kill their child.
The murder itself was said to have been long and agonizing and I am not going to reprint the details here.
However, I think this comes down to either pure selfishness or Munchhausen By Proxy or both.
Rochester was allegedly worried about being financially ruined by raising a child with Autism and was allegedly more concerned about her own way of life. I think MBP might also be involved because she was allegedly going to kill herself after killing the baby but didn’t have a way of doing that. If she killed her self then who would pay attention to her which is what MBP is all about.
She could be potentially facing the death penalty. She’s also been placed on suicide watch and is being segregated from the rest of the inmates. Why bother. She’s not going to kill herself and the other inmates may save the taxpayers some money.
And you better believe that postpartum depression has already been trotted out as a possible defense.
Thanks to Trish for the tip.