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Mom Accused Of Feeding Child Hydrochloric Acid, Chlorine To 'Cure' Autism

The mother learned about the "cure" on Facebook.

By Gina Tron
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A mother from Indianapolis is accused of creating a dangerous chemical mixture, containing hydrochloric acid and chlorine, in an attempt to cure her child’s autism. According to Newsweek, the mom read about “miracle mineral solution” in a Facebook group, which instructed parents to give it to their kids either orally or with an enema.

The Department of Child Services has now removed the child from the home, according to Fox59. It was the child’s father who reported the alleged abuse. Their names have not been released, although the mother is reportedly 28 years old. It is unclear how the child is doing.

Dr. Thomas Frazier, chief science officer of autism awareness organization Autism Speaks, told Newsweek, “Parents become very frustrated [that] they are not able to access the care they think is effective...so they begin to get desperate and start to try to think of things they can do on their own.This is a really, really unfortunate situation.”

President and founder Sherry Quinn of Applied Behavioral Center for Autism echoed that sentiment.

“Taking things into their own hands is something that many parents have done out of desperation, out of hope,” she said, according to Fox59.

This definitely isn’t the first time people have taken such desperate and dangerous measures.

In 2015, a man was found guilty in Washington for using industrial bleach to try to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS through an internet business called "Project GreenLife."

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