Autistic 10-year-old abandoned by mother, police say

A 42-year-old Marietta mother left her 10-year-old Autistic son in their house littered with feces, drugs, syringes and weapons under the care of a 19-year-old “family friend,” police say. Jennifer Dawn Barnes traveled to Indiana on Oct. 3 without telling anyone when she’d be back and returned to Marietta on Oct. 10, when she called the police to report that her PlayStation 2 was missing, her arrest warrant states, adding that by then her autistic son had been taken into child protective services.

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