A mother in Indianapolis, Indiana, is accused of feeding her child bleach to help cure her autism.
The police report says the mother was putting drops of hydrochloric acid and water purifying solution with chlorine in her child’s drink. The woman’s husband said that his wife told him she read about the mixture online in a Facebook group.
The child has been removed from the home while the Department of Child Services is investigating.
Behavioral Center Clinical Director Kelly Goudreau said that it’s natural for parents to want to find a cure for their child’s autism and it’s common for them to look towards “home remedies.” She added that it’s important to remember that there is no “cure” for autism and that any treatment that is administered should be one that is backed by research.