Mother Abandons 10-Year-Old Son Who Has Autism Because She Didn't Know What to Do

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Youngster found at the hospital.
Florida's Safe Haven law allows mothers with unwanted children to drop off their youngsters at a hospital or fire station up to seven days after their birth. Amanda Mathe was about ten years late for that one.

Fort Lauderdale cops spent a good portion of Friday trying to identify a kid who was just dropped off at Broward General Medical Center and was found wandering around the emergency room area.

The cops finally found out that Mathe was the mother of the 10-year-old boy, who has autism, although she's reportedly not facing criminal charges.

According to the Associated Press, Mathe told a judge Saturday that she "was overwhelmed and didn't know what else to do" with her son.

She told the judge she's going through a separation from her husband, is unemployed, and is nearing eviction from her foreclosed home, the AP says.

That's why she reportedly dropped off the boy at the hospital but apparently decided to hang on to her other two kids.

The AP says the Department of Children and Families will not press charges and is working with the family to find services -- and is meeting with the boy's father this week to see if it's appropriate for the boy to be released into his care.

The boy's father, Erick Mathe -- who lives in the Keys -- had to hear about his son's hospital drop-off through news reports, according to the Sun-Sentinel, and came up to Broward County looking for his son once he heard about it.

Erick Mathe is now attempting to gain custody of all three children, WSVN reports.

The youngster was dropped off at the hospital by a man around noon on Friday, the AP reports, although it's not clear who that man is.

Mathe claims that she tried to seek help from local shelters but was turned away -- leading her to ask a friend to drop off her son at the hospital, WSVN says.

Both parents have been granted unsupervised visits with the boy, as he's been taken to a foster home with people who have experience caring for kids with special needs, according to the Sentinel.


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Anisakalen
Anisakalen

i know of this family. the husband is not supportive. he's a pot head scammer who has multilple lawsuits for scamming people to invest in his company and a supposed TV show he doesn't own, direct nor produce. He would spend the money that came in on himself lavishly in strip clubs and marijuana. This isn't a hater writing, this is someone who he recvd $80k for fake stock certificates..

Myluv4twins
Myluv4twins

my sister worked for this woman alot. she did not care for her children. Benjamin is a sweetheart my sister loved him as her own. Amanda didnt even clean up after him when he pood in and she left him in the shower for hours without looking after him... :(she is a very very bad woman.... she needs those kids to be taken away from her and dont ever let them to be with her again!!!

i bet how scared little Benjamin was when they left the poor kid at a Hospital :(:(:(

SHE IS NOT A MOTHER!!!!! 

S.I
S.I

Oh My God!! Seriously?! I am so shocked to read this!!I This is so sad!!! She lied to me the hole way after all that Sh....t what she did to me and I still for gave her and now I find out from Europe on the INTERNET what really happen!! Heres my story!!They both screwed me over big time Erick Mathe and Amanda Stefanavage!! They owe me money for working for them and an airplane ticket as well what was promised to me. If I go work for them as a live in nanny. I worked my ass off for 2 months with out them paying me. I felt sorry for those kids!! She did not care for her kids and for Benjamin not at all. I had all 3 to my self. Amanda promised me to pay and never did so did Erick!! Amanda and me got in an argument she hit me in my face wile I was sitting on the bed, She was drunk that night and was throwing things at me so we got in a big fight. Her friend(Joe) was there Thank God cause he was the one to take her off me cause she was trying to choke me. I asked (Joe) her friend to take her in her room and keep her there till I pack my things to leave. At that time the 2 healthy kids where with Erick cause he took them away from her and she was going crazy because of it and took it out on me!! The sick boy (Benjamin) was still with us in his room sleeping. I had a friend I was able to stay with Thank God once again cause I came from Europe and I have no family in the states anymore everyone lives in Europe now. I was her loyal friend. And had to deal with her stupid sh...t and gave my best and all my love cause of those poor kids even! I even for gave her after 3 days from are fight and have proof with a  letter she wrote me saying shes sorry etc. I asked her about Ben and she told me he it with Erick but she lied once again and now knowing all this I am so surprised and pissed!!

Anisakalen
Anisakalen

Erick is scam artist. that whole situation perhaps drove her to that point. this is not her first eviction. he (erick) never pays rent just his car note and purchase marijuana and spend money on strippers

Acpallred
Acpallred

Unfortunately this will start to happen more and more as parents of special needs children face such a horrible economy. I too have been faced with similar situations. I do NOT believe she is a bad mom and I think the paper is wrong to label the story with "Bad mom" at the start of the article. Until you have been faced with a child tht has needs you cannot meet no matter what you do you have no idea how this mom feels. To turn a child in at a hospital where there are people to care for him is terrifying and hard. Is it abandonment? maybe. Is it justified? For her maybe. Labeling her as a bad mom is unjustified because you don't know what options she has tried or has available. Please do not crucify a mom that may have not had any other options.

Ros
Ros

She did not care for him from the beginning, why she wanted two more kids? To keep her husband? That is not working. She should have a divorce right then.

Acpallred
Acpallred

I don't see "bad mother" in the articles regarding a child murdered and dismembered in New York but someone made a decision to let an 8 yr old walk home alone. Yes that situation is horrible but at least this child in Florida had a mom that makes a sacrifice to get her child assistance.

Jan
Jan

Did you know that, He has autism, and  he is also blind?  And the dad only kept the 2 healthy child ? They should press charges.

mahu
mahu

OMG. this just came to my attention today. "Bad mother " yes she is ..My niece was a nanny in her home taking care of the kids 24/7 while she was out partying . she got no pay just promises  but got plenty of abuse until the mother physically attacked her on her drunken binges and was forced to move out for that reason.. don't judge a book by its cover... hope they will find out the real truth and keep poor child away from her for good. she is worhless party drunk and the child is in her way to do as she pleases..the other 2 is with the father.

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