Karen McCarron’s mother-in-law, Gail McCarron, and her sister-in-law, Jennifer McCarron, testified on the third day of her trial, the January 10th Peoria Journal-Star reports. Karen McCarron is charged with killing her three-year-old daughter, Katherine “Katie” McCarron, on May 13, 2006.
Gail McCarron recalled that her daughter-in-law said “‘I really wish Katie were dead,’” at least three to five times and also that “”if Katie had cancer, I could deal with it. But I’ll never accept autism’.” Gale McCarron also said that “toward the end,” Karen McCarron did not call Katie by her name, referring to the three-year-old as as “‘the kid.’” Recalling a phone conversation with Karen McCarron, Gale McCarron also related details of how Katie died:
“‘”She said it was about two minutes,” Gail McCarron said. “At one point, she said it was terrible.”
Witnesses also testified about Karen McCarron’s obsession with curing Katie from autism.
…….[she] was a perfectionist who would not accept the fact her daughter wasn’t “indistinguishable” from her peers.
“It was embarrassing for her,” Jennifer McCarron said. “She said she didn’t want anyone saying her kid was slow.”
Witnesses have said she constantly criticized her daughter’s progress and the team of family members, therapists, teachers and care providers hired to help her.
They said the topic of every conversation with her revolved around curing Katie’s autism. Negativity and hatefulness were ceaseless when she discussed the child, who they say she never hugged, kissed or praised after she was diagnosed with autism.
“It was never good enough,” Jennifer McCarron said. “She looked at Katie as a problem, and she got rid of her problem. There’s nothing more to it than that.”
There is too much that is very difficult to read about here. Regarding Karen McCarron saying that she could “deal with” cancer but never “accept” autism: Autism has often been discussed in relation to cancer. It is often stated that autism is “more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined and that autism is “worse than cancer”; Not Mercury wrote about this in an October 2007 post. As Not Mercury notes, parents may often speak of autism in regard to cancer because—having learned that their child has a serious neurological disability—-they are “trying to use an extreme example of how difficult it can be to have and raise an autistic child.” But, after times passes, “if you happen to be blessed with a good memory and the honesty to accurately recall the origins of these emotions, you may feel more than a bit guilty for ever uttering those words. ……Autism…… is never a fatal condition, though many autistic people may require extra help to recognize and avoid dangerous situations.” In closing, Not Mercury writes that
If you are reading this and you absolutely must insist on trying to draw parallels between cancer and autism, take some time to really think about that and imagine how you would make healthcare decisions for your child if he or she were faced with a potentially fatal disease rather than a developmental delay.