Mother of child with autism says school employee abused him

- A Redford school employee is accused of abusing a first grade student with autism.

The mother says her son is being subjected to cruel practices - and she fears for his safety and claims they won't release him allowing him to go to another district. 

  "It devastates me," said Sara Miller.

Sara Miller says treatment of her son who has autism at Fisher Elementary in the south Redford school district went from bad to worse last February.

That's when she claims her 6 -year-old came home with bruises on his arm, shoulder and back. She filed a police report against the social worker and took her son to children's hospital - claiming those designated to help her son, hurt him.

"I asked him what happened and clear as day he said 'Ms. (name redacted) held me like this,’ wrapped his arms around his body, ‘It hurt. I cried, it not funny.’

“So I immediately called police took him to children's hospital.”

Miller doesn't deny her son faces several challenges. On top of the autism - he suffers from ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, which leads to aggression.

But she is not happy with how the school handles it.

For example in the school's incident report from February - the social worker states they let the boy throw chairs to get out his aggression. But when one almost hit a staff member - Trent was put in a physical hold which Sara claims led to the bruises.

"So they allowed it to happen and then they physically took it out on him instead of preventing the behavior," Miller said.

Since then, Sara claims the school has stopped using the aggressive physical holds on her son - but now when he acts out they punish him by putting him into a very small closet like room for seclusion. Which Sarah believes has caused his behavior to regress.

She has tried to transfer her son to another school, but claims the district won't release her son or the funding to allow it to happen.

"I can't protect him and I've tried," she said. "I can't pull him from school because of truancy."

Left with few options, Sara has filed complaints with the south Redford school board, several state agencies and a civil complaint with the US Department of Education.

She's also decided to pursue criminal charges in hopes of finally getting her son the education and treatment he deserves.

"I am going to lose him mentally and he has a lot of potential," Miller said.

FOX 2: "And the longer this goes on?"

"I'm going to lose him and not be able to get him back," she said.

FOX 2 called the superintendent this afternoon - hoping he would respond to these claims, but we are waiting to hear back.
 
The case has been handed over to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, which will decide whether to issue an assault charge.

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