The Ripley case gripped South Florida. Patricia Ripley, a single working mother, was charged with drowning her non-verbal nine-year-old autistic son in a canal in May 2020.
She is set to go on trial next February.
Members of South Florida’s special needs community came together during a town hall meeting after the tragedy, saying families need a hotline to call when they are struggling, to connect them with resources so they know they are not alone.
A new program called Project Lifeline connects those families with swift support services and social workers.
“It is difficult when your special needs child is
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