Autistic Teen Charged After Attacking Family with Metal Pipe
BROOKSVILLE – Last night deputies responded to a residence at the 19000 block of Wildwood Drive, after reports of a domestic dispute that turned physically violent.
According to officials, in a fit of rage 18-year-old Michael David McCarthy picked up a metal pipe and began destroying items inside and outside the home; to include doors, a cable box and a Ford Crown Victoria.
During the rampage, McCarthy struck his father David McCarthy in the forehead, causing a laceration that required stitches.
Before deputies arrived on the scene, McCarthy threatened and swung the pipe at three of his cousins but they were not injured.
McCarthy’s father stated that his son was Autistic, but deputies determined during their investigation that McCarthy knew the difference between right and wrong and was subsequently charged.
McCarthy was booked into the Hernando County jail on charges of Aggravated Assault (4 counts), Aggravated Battery, and Criminal Mischief. He remains behind bars, held on $3,000 bond.
According to a recent article in Currentpsychiatry.com Most people who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not commit violent crime. When violent crime occurs at the hands of a person with ASD, it is almost always precipitated by a comorbid psychiatric disorder, such as severe depression or psychosis. Treating a person with ASD who has committed a violent crime is multimodal, including forensic services when necessary.
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