California Parents of Child With Autism Appear In Court

Neighbors filed a suit against the couple claiming their child with autism is a "public nuisance."
1:31 | 09/23/15

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you to the case of a limb boy with autism whose parents are being sued by neighbors who say the boy's a public nuisance because of his bad behavior. That battle now moving to court and ABC's Neal Karlinsky has the story. Reporter: This morning a California court is weighing whether the conduct of a young boy with autism can be considered a public nuisance. This has never been about driving anybody out or isolation. This is always been about addressing the safety of our community. Reporter: A lawsuit claims the 11-year-old boy's parents didn't do enough to control their son who allegedly hurt their children, some of them toddlers. The neighbors are asking for unspecified damages and an injunction requiring the parents to keep their son from attacking anyone else. Our hope is to create an atmosphere where children can play without fear. Reporter: The boy's family has since moved but the lawsuit continues. They didn't want to speak with reporters outside court, but in a statement to ABC news described the lawsuit as a modern day witch hunt against a small disabled child and his family. In court the judge asked both sides to try to work things out with a mediator instead of a lawsuit. The message that the judge gave was very strong and that's that litigation like this extensive litigation, expensive litigation like this is no way to resolve conflicts around children with disabilities. Reporter: The judge giving them till November to find a way to get along. For "Good morning America," Neal Karlinsky, ABC news, Seattle.

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