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Riverton, Utah Couple Charged with Child Abuse – Autistic Boy Duct Taped as Discipline

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Riverton, Utah, a couple has been charged for child abuse. A story in the Salt Lake City Tribune Newspaper reported that a 12 year old boy with autism and a form of Muscular Dystrophy was the victim of the child abuse. Steven Kimball (age 42) and his wife Holly Kimball (age 34) were charged by authorities with child abuse. It was reported that the mother (Holly Kimball) and her husband (Steven Kimball) were involved with the duct taping of the boy. Apparently, the couple did not like some of things that the boy was saying. The 12 year old boy learns at the level of a 1st grader. Duct taping a boy (who is wheelchair bound and who suffers from Autism and learning disabilities) should be a crime. While Autism and other medical issues do challenge the patience of a parent or caregiver, taking drastic steps like duct taping the child’s mouth is a form of abuse. When the tape was removed, the boy suffered superficial injuries to his lip and skin. The boy’s biological father observed the injuries when he went to pick up his son. You can read more about this story at Couple Accused of Child Abuse After Duct Taping Child with Autism.