Angie Robinson killed her autistic son Robert then herself in April 2014. An inquest into their deaths is under way in northern B.C.
PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — An inquest has heard a mother was battling depression and a lack of support when she killed herself and her severely disabled son in their north coast home.
The hearing to examine the April 3, 2014, death of severely autistic 16-year-old Robert Robinson and the suicide of his 39-year-old mother, Angie Robinson, began on Monday.
The sister of the dead woman, Michelle Watson, testified about Angie Robinson’s mental health struggles, problems with a past abusive relationship, and difficulties in finding services or receiving support while raising Robert.
The teen was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and Watson told the jury he would often try to hurt himself by butting his head into walls or breaking windows if he was startled.
A relief worker who handled Robert’s case told the jury the youth was generally happy.
A psychiatrist and three RCMP officers were scheduled to testify Tuesday, with the inquest slated to continue at the Prince Rupert courthouse until Friday.
Mom’s depression, lack of support cited at inquest into murder-suicide involving autistic son THE CANADIAN PRESS