DEPUTIES: Daughter Stabs Dad As He's Choking Autistic Son

A child stabbed her own father, deputies say, as he was choking his 9-year-old autistic son.

Wayne County deputies say it happened last Wednesday night at their home on Combs Road in Goldsboro.

Deputies say the 11-year-old came into the room to find her father choking her brother. She told investigators she couldn't get her father to stop so she got a steak knife and stabbed John Sawyer in the arm.

Sawyer is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a handicapped person. Captain Tom Efler says additional charges are possible against Sawyer.

No charges will be brought against the child.

The 9-year-old boy is okay and both children are at home with their mother. Their father remains in the Wayne County jail on a $20,000 bond.


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  • by nancy Location: nebraska on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    I USED TO WORK FOR THE STATE OF NC,AS AHOUSE PARENT ON WEEKENDS ..IT HAD FOLKS THAT HAD AUTISTICS,,AS WELL AS OTHER PROMBLEMS SOME OF THOSE STILL REMEMBER ME THAT WAS A SPECIAL JOB AND YES THESE FOLKS HAS JUST AS MUCH RIGHTS IFF NOT MORE.PLEASE BE GOOD TO THESE FOLKS THE WORLD IS NOT SHOW SOME LOVE..THIS MAN THAT WOULD CHOKED HIS SON REALLY DONT NEED TO WITH HIM,,,THE DADDY NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL,,,,,
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    actual* Is there an update on this story yet or have i missed it? I'm half expecting to hear that the little girl overreacted or something crazy like that and that the father will get away with it.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    T- Whatever. Its pointless to try to have a convo with you without you trying to bash someone else. I didnt tell you how you treated your child. Relax. Again, you are very defensive.Yet again, it wasnt an attack and I am sure you love your child very much. I justhope you dont get this upset over small things in front of him. Doesn't matter if I have children or not. I most certainly don't react on things the way you did. Please, again. Relax. It wasn't an attack on you. A MOM...please take your own advice. Now back to the actualy story.
  • by dmjdol Location: goldsboro on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    peedee i agree with you this has happened more than once and the little sister was tired and thought enough is enough. She may have been abused at some point herself. If so where is mom all this time when this has happened more than once.
  • by a mom on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    From what I read, T never said they got annoyed with their child. I completely understand what they meant. Autism is a cruel condition and I pray that soon they find out what is causing it. I don't know why people get so personal up here. This is a forum where you can leave your opinion, not attack each other. Grow up.
  • by T on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    J-You don't know me so don't presume to tell me how I treat my child. I love my son with all that I am and I would never hurt him. Your comments were directed at me and my previous statement, how should I view that other than an attack. My son is autistic and I can deal with that. It is the public, people who stare, make comments, and rude gestures that has the problem. The problem with this world is people who don't know what your day to day life is like, but think that they can tell you how to live it. I NEVER said that I got upset or annoyed with my son, read before replying. My child is a blessing from God and everyone who meets him loves him!!! I stated that there are autistic individuals who have the tendency to be violent....my son is NOT one of them. I will ALWAYS defend my family when attacked so don't tell me not to get defensive. If you don't think I should be touchy about my own child then you must not be a parent.
  • by Julie on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    This is a very sad situation indeed and there is way more to the story. This is my brother, whom I have known only as kind, responsible, and loving. It was not until this incident that we have learned that he had previously been diagnosed as bi-polar and suffering from paranoid schitsofrenia. Had we known sooner, perhaps we could've helped him. We love these kids, though the geographical distance has kept us from really knowing them. We are not a family of financial means. I am proud of my niece for protecting her brother and they are in our prayers and on our minds, having been through such a tragedy. We also support my brother, who had just made a recent trip home for our mother's funeral .Had any of us known of his mental illness we would have gotten him the help he needed. He is hardworking and had never abused these children in the past,as I have been told by his wife. He spoke only of love for his family to me, including his son. We don't know why this happened but we pray for all
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 18, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    Actually, Ive spent quite a bit of time with a great number of individuals with autism. its in my family also, so it seems as though you are a little touchy on the subject. You werent being attacked. if you get this defensive with me stating an opinion, I can see why you would get upset or annoyed with your own child. Scary. Dont get so defensive next time. it wasnt an attack.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 04:01 AM
    I'm proud of that little girl. She did the best thing she could think of to stop him from further hurting her brother. I don't care what anybody else says (sounds like some stupid people saying some stupid stuff up here) that girl should be shown an honor or something.
  • by fact dog Location: Plymouth on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    If you check;you will find out assault on a handicapped person applys to all persons age 0 and up to 100 .
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