Charge Mother who tried to Murder Autistic Child with Federal Hate Crime
  • Petitioned Bill Schuette

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General for the State of Michigan
Bill Schuette
Benzie County Michigan Prosecuting Attorney
Sara Swanson
Attorney General for the United States of America
Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Charge Mother who tried to Murder Autistic Child with Federal Hate Crime

    1. Zachary Lassiter
    2. Petition by

      Zachary Lassiter

      Kalamazoo, MI

Kelli Stapleton attempted premediated murder of her Autistic Child by locking her child in a van with the windows up and lighting two charcoal grills inside the van. The police foiled the attempt however Issy likely suffered brain damage. We ask that the United States Department of Justice prosecute this under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 as the crime clearly targeted Issy due to her disability.

For more my story on how Autism has touched me go here.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paula Chomis KALAMAZOO, MI
      • 8 months ago

      No child deserves to die because they have a disability.

    • Amber Cline KALAMAZOO, MI
      • 8 months ago

      Many of those I love are on the autism spectrum and I love them very much!! I cannot imagine anything happening like this to someone so innocent... It proves however how our culture is lacking supports for families in this area.

    • Ryan Tilton SAEM, MA
      • 8 months ago

      I am an adult with autism, but this was clearly a premeditated act of violence against you young girl because of her autism, this falls under the hate crime statute and should be prosecuted as such, to many parents have gotten away with killing their autistic kids with minor to no real punishment we need to send a message autism doesn't excuse murder, by not doing so you are telling the world those of use with autism aren't equal in our rights. This is a hate crime and needs to be treated as such!

    • Mary Meinel Newport TUCSON, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      Autistics can be very amazing people. They can change and grow throughout their life times. They deserve as much of a chance at life as an unaffected person.

    • Hope Lefstein LEVITTOWN, NY
      • 8 months ago

      Anyone who wants to kill their child or anyone SUCKS!


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