Filicide: Boy with Autism Dead by Mother’s Hand

By Nicole Hegewald

Yesterday, Sunday October 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. Tony Khor, a 15-year-old with autism, died. His mother, Seow Cheng Sim, 51, left home after having a verbal domestic dispute with her husband. Sim took Tony to stay at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Mississauga, Canada, where it is believed she killed him.

“There was a domestic dispute between the suspect and her husband, who is the victim’s father,” Constable J.P. Valade he said. “The end result was the victim being taken with the suspect to the hotel.”

Autistic boy was slain on the 4th floor by his mother.

Autistic boy was slain by his mother on the 4th floor of a Homewood Suites in Canada.

The family does not have a violent history but homicide detectives seem to believe the boy’s murder was premeditated. Sim has been charged with first-degree murder and is expected to attend Brampton Court today. Tony was their only child.

“We were called to the hotel by a person who had knowledge of what happened,” Valade said.

Valade would not say who specifically called police saying the boy was dead. No specific details were released but the public was told that there were signs of trauma on the boy’s body, police said. An autopsy is expected to be performed today.

It is not clear how severe the boy’s autism was, or what kind of a role it played in the family’s life. In my opinion, it is understandable that this mother may have been frustrated with her child. The situation arose after she had been arguing with her husband. It’s possible that the boy may have reacted badly to a new environment and a change in his routine. But, at what point does a mother’s patience  snap? At what point does she find it necessary to take the life of the child she created? At this time, in this particular case, we still don’t know.  We may never know.

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One Comment

  1. Christie
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I have an 11 yr old Autistic son and there are times when I get so frustrated with him, but when is that ever a reason to take your childs life. She is a worthless piece of s**t and deserves the death penalty. I don’t care what kind of arguement her and her husband was having. She is a mother first, no matter what else happens in your life. God gives us children to take care of and to be blessed with a special needs child, there is nothing else greater. They have a law protecting them from being bullied, but where the hell is the law that protects them from ignorant parents. My kids are my life, but I am a good mom. She is not woth the breath that god so graciously gave her.