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Women charged in teen’s murder say they wanted to end his suffering

Bail was denied today for two women charged in fatal stabbing of a River Grove teen.

50-year-old Dorothy Spourdalakis, the victim’s mother, and 44-year-old Jolanta Skrodzka , the victim’s god mother and caregiver, were charged with murdering  14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis.

During today’s hearing, prosecutors said the two women plotted for a week to carry out the murder. The teenager was diagnosed with severe autism.  His family has said he wasn’t given the proper treatment at a local hospital during a visit.

Prosecutors say his mother and caregiver first tried to kill him by giving him an overdose of his prescribed sleeping pills.  When that didn’t work, they say his mother went to the kitchen to get a knife.

Prosecutors say the caregiver then killed the family cat, before the two women tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills.  The women and the boy’s body were discovered in their apartment on the 8100 block of Grand Ave in River Grove.

Before attempting suicide, the women wrote a letter explaining they had killed the boy because his health had deteriorated and he was suffering.

The case has sparked outrage and concern among parents and family members of children who suffer from autism.

Dr. Mojgan Makki, a child psychiatrist and expert on autism at Rush University Medical Center, says it’s clear the mother and caretaker didn’t have the resources and support they needed in order to take care of the boy.  She says parents of autistic children need to do everything possible to find support.

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