Cheryl Christensen had been taking care of her 46-year-old disabled son ever since an accident at 14 left him paralyzed.
Trigger Warning: The story has details of abuse and negligence leading to death that readers may find disturbing.
An elderly woman in Wisconsin left her disabled adult son to die in their bathroom after a fall from his wheelchair resulted in broken bones, as per PEOPLE. 60-year-old Cheryl Christensen has been looking after her 46-year-old son who became disabled after he was struck by a vehicle at the age of 14. The accident also left him suffering from brain injuries, according to The Journal Times. Cops in Racine conducted a welfare check at the request of family members on October 28 who expressed their concern over the son's safety. Earlier that day, a male relative had checked on Christensen but said he was chased away. It was also revealed that he was threatened as he left in his car.
Wisconsin Mom Allegedly Left Adult Son to Die in Bathroom Alone After He Fell from Wheelchair https://t.co/w4aixhySHT— People (@people) November 13, 2020
Christensen allegedly beat the relative's car hood and said she would "kill (him) and that she was going to ram her truck into his truck" the police complaint stated, according to Racine County Eye. Christensen’s daughter and sister told officers that her 46-year-old brother was not receiving proper care under Christensen. They said this was "due to the defendant’s mental health issues." It took a lot of time and effort for the authorities to get into the house as Christensen wasn't cooperative and kept screaming that she wanted to be left alone. She then attempted to barricade the door but officers eventually got in and found the 46-year-old on the bathroom floor, covered with a blanket.
Perhaps institutionalize this woman,as opposed to prison!?Is it possible this is a case of catastrophic mental and emotional inability to cope w/the magnitude of?She needs help,not prison!She shouldNEVER have been given control of a situation she was NEVERcapable of handling.sad— kim (@kimjenn29247927) November 13, 2020
When asked to come out of her room which she locked, she told the cops “you’re not taking me out of here alive,” according to the complaint. She told them she would rather have an officer kill her. She even began throwing things at them and the police had to bring her under control with a taser. She was then taken into custody and interrogated, during which she told the police her son had fallen out of his bed a few days before his death and was screaming in pain, possibly due to broken bones. She said she was unable to get him back into the wheelchair so she dragged him to the bathroom and gave him pills to help ease the pain.
Are you fucking serious? Shes a piece of shit. It doesn't matter if she had a mental problem. I dont care the reason you dont EVER do that to your fucking child & leave them to die. She deserves to rot in a prison cell & for them to throw away the key. U feel sorry fot her WOOOW— Hallmarklover247 (@GreinerBrittney) November 13, 2020
She added she gave the victim some juice and water for four days before she claimed that he began refusing sustenance. She stated that she did not call for help after the fall because she wanted her son to die peacefully at home and not in a hospital. Inside the house, the cops found strange markings made by red paint sprayed in the walls and various other parts of the house according to the complaint. This included a red cross sprayed on the TV, red "X" on every door, a red line on the floor as well as paint splattered on the walls and on the entryways inside the house. The mirror was also stuck with cardboard with a red "X" painted on it. When questioned further Christensen said she believed her son's health was “on his way out” but relatives said otherwise.
Filicide is a significant problem that needs more attention/discussion. Consider the framing of stories that sympathize w/family member r/t PWD. This frame is not deployed here to same degree as other media but keep in mind as you see these come up. https://t.co/ycvGtmbfby— Jasmine E Harris (@Jeharrislaw) November 14, 2020
A visit to the doctor a month ago had stated he was in good health. When asked about the markings, Christensen explained "the home had a mad energy to it" and spoke of demons in the house. Relatives told the cops they were worried about the woman's mental health which they believed was on a decline. They also revealed she had been sending significant amounts of money to a preacher in Texas she followed on YouTube.A $3,000 cash bond was set for Christensen's release and she is presently in Racine County Circuit Court. She has been charged with subjecting an at-risk individual to abuse causing death, a felony charge. She was also charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.