Snapped! Kelli Stapleton: Mom of Autistic Daughter

October 21, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Carole Lieberman

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Episode Description

Kelli Stapleton is the Michigan mom who finally snapped, after years of being attacked by her violent autistic daughter. Society repeatedly failed their family when it refused to provide help. Finally, nowhere left to turn, Kelli took her daughter into the woods, and allowed carbon monoxide to fill up their van, putting them both to sleep. Escorting Issy to heaven was Kelli's final act of love, not the attempted murder with which she was charged. Dr. Carole was Kelli's defense psychiatrist, and testified at her sentencing that she was legally insane at the time. Kelli could have gotten life, but was sentenced to 10-22 years. Now she is in jail instead of a psychiatric hospital where she belongs to recover from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries caused by her daughter. Today's guests, amongst those closest to Kelli, will describe their feelings about Kelli, Issy, the sentencing and the need for society to provide better care for families with children who are out of control.

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Everyday we are bombarded with stories in our newspapers, on television and on the radio that make it seem as though society is spiraling out of control. But just when everything in the world seems insane, Dr. Carole Lieberman creates a sanctuary for sanity. Call or log in to get help making sense of these turbulent times or just for advice from a soothing voice. “Dr. Carole’s Couch” broadcasts each Tuesday at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern) on the VoiceAmerica Channel.

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Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman is the psychiatrist the world trusts for help coping with today's times. She is also the preeminent authority on the psychology of show biz and the psychological influence of media. A multiple Emmy award-winner, Dr. Lieberman has spent over a decade analyzing the psychological impact of world events, as a guest and host on all major media outlets. She has appeared on "Oprah", CNN, “Entertainment Tonight, “Good Morning America”, "The Today Show", “The O’Reilly Factor”, Court TV, the BBC, and numerous other high profile shows. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including those from the Writers Guild of America, City of Los Angeles and the Film Advisory Board. Dr. Carole's latest book, Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted, a psychological survival guide, has recently been released. She maintains a star-studded practice in Beverly Hills and is listed in numerous Who’s Who directories.

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