Parents Set Up Hidden Camera to Monitor Autistic Son’s Therapy Sessions – What They Saw Happening in Real-Time Is Gut-Wrenching
Jan. 2, 2014 6:00pm Liz Klimas
When Stephanie Lowe and her husband didn’t see any improvements in their autistic toddler after he started therapy, they installed a hidden video camera to record just what was included in the sessions meant to help their son.
What the Waterford, Wisc., parents saw happening in real-time in their basement was shocking.
The man, identified as 27-year-old Stephen Jacobs, was recorded pulling the child by his arm, hitting him with pillows, head-butting him and throwing him the couch. All the while, 3-year-old Caeden Lowe just cried.
On the boy’s second session, the parents planted a web cam. (Image source: WISN-TV)
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The video footage showed the autistic boy allegedly being abused by therapist Stephen Jacobs. (Image source: WISN-TV)
Image source: WISN-TV
“It’s about my son. He deserves the therapy he was promised. And he deserves more than they gave him. And this could be happening anywhere,” a distraught Stephanie Lowe told WISN-TV.
“If I hadn’t put a video camera downstairs, we would have never known,” she said.
Watch this footage courtesy of WISN, which allegedly shows Jacobs physically abusing the child:
Jacobs faces felony charges for his actions. According to police, Jacobs said he was studying for a test and doesn’t remember abusing the child.
Autism Intervention Milwaukee, which employs Jacobs, told WISN it is evaluating its other therapists in light of this incident.