Autistic boy found covered in feces, dies at hospital; Father, woman accused of his murder

autistic boy covered in feces dies father and girlfriend charged in murder
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Mar. 31 2021, Updated 3:13 p.m. ET

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A 14-year-old boy with severe autism was found covered in his feces and later died at the hospital and now police are saying the boy’s father and his girlfriend are responsible for his death.

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Fall River (Massachusetts) police were called to the family's home on Oct. 21, 2020, and David Almond was covered in feces and living in filth, authorities said.

Almond was taken to the hospital for treatment, but died at the facility, police said. 

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Michael Almond, one of David’s triplet brothers, was not being fed and taken to the hospital for treatment, police said. Michael tested positive for fentanyl in his system, NBC 10 News reported.


The living situation was described as “deplorable” by police and the residence contained nearly 1,000 bags of heroin and fentanyl, authorities said.

A third triplet brother was being cared for outside of the home, NBC 10 News reported.

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The triplets were living in a health facility until March 2020, but then Michael and David moved back in with John Almond, their father, and Jaclyn Marie Coleman, his girlfriend, to do remote school learning, police said.

The health facility did try to stop this move from happening, authorities said.

The father admitted to police that three adults lived at the home, which includes the victim’s grandmother, were all using heroin and fentanyl, police said. In all, six people lived inside the home. 

John Almond and Jaclyn Coleman face charges of second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in seriously bodily injury in connection to David Almond's death, police said. John Almond was also accused of trying to destroy a cell phone in front of the police.


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