PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — A coroner's jury examining the deaths of a Prince Rupert, B.C., mother and her disabled son is expected to hear from an autism service provider and a high-school principal on day three of the inquest.
Thirty-nine-year-old Angie Robinson killed her severely autistic 16-year-old son Robert before she killed herself on April 3, 2014.
Police have testified that worried family members asked the RCMP to check the home and when officers arrived, the mother and son were already dead.
The jury heard toxicology reports showed Robert had 100-times more than the regular dosage of the anti-anxiety drug Ativan in his system.
Angie Robinson was battling depression and a lack of support, said family.
The sister of the dead woman, Michelle Watson, testified about the 39-year-old's mental health struggles, problems with a past abusive relationship, and difficulties in finding services or receiving support while raising Robert.
The teen was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and Watson told the jury he would often try to hurt himself by butting his head into walls or breaking windows if he was startled.
A relief worker who handled Robert's case told the jury the youth was generally happy.
North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice says the inquest raises more questions about the leadership of Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux who has been in the spotlight dealing with the death of 18-year-old Alex Gervais at an Abbotsford hotel. (CFTK)
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