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Florida Woman Accused of Keeping 30-Year-Old Son Locked in Dungeon-Like Room

August 05, 2013

Police say a suburban Miami woman kept her 30-year-old autistic son locked in a "dungeon-like" room with no access to food, water or a bathroom, CBS Miami reports.

Fifty-six-year-old Gladys Jaramillo, of Sweetwater, Fla.,. is facing charges of aggravated abuse and neglect of a mentally disabled adult and false imprisonment, reports the station. Police said the room had iron bars and a dead bolt on the door, and photos taken by investigators obtained by CBS Miami show a bare mattress against a wall and what appeared to be traces of human waste on the floor, reports the station.

Autism Speaks has provided information from experts in the field explaining what abuse is, the signs of abuse, what to do if your loved one has been abused and how we can take steps to reduce risk. For information about recognizing and preventing abuse in the autism community, click here.