17-Year-Old with Autism Starved to Death by His Mom Weighed Just 84 Lbs.: She ‘Showed Real Hate’

A Connecticut woman will serve 11 years in prison in connection with the 2017 death of her teenage son, who had autism and died while suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration, according to multiple reports.

Katiria Tirado, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years in prison, which will be suspended after she serves 11 years, reports the Hartford Courant. The sentence was part of a guilty Alford plea she entered in March to first-degree manslaughter, in which she did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her, WFSB reports.

At the time of his death, Tirado’s 17-year-old son Matthew, who according to the Courant had severe intellectual disabilities, weighed just 84 lbs. His body had bruises and cuts, and the medical examiner said he died from “fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition,” reports the Associated Press.

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The AP reports that an investigation by child welfare workers found revealed that Matthew had to rummage through the garbage for food because Tirado locked the refrigerator and screwed the cabinets shut.

At trial, Harford State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy said Matthew had stomach pains and had been vomiting for about 24 hours before Tirado called an ambulance, the Courant reports. Matthew died hours later at the hospital.

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Hardy called the case “one of the more horrific cases I’ve seen in my 23 years as a prosecutor,” the Courant reports. She added, “It’s probably beyond comprehension that a mother could do this to her child.”

According to the AP, at the time of Matthew’s death, the family was being monitored by the state Department of Children and Families. Tirado, however, did not let workers see her son, and the agency by law could not compel her to cooperate.

According to the Courant, Matthew’s biological father, a 61-year-old sex offender, said in a statement to the judge that Tirado “showed

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