Mother begs for help with violent son
A mother who has been subject to repeated assaults by her 12-year-old son has pleaded for him to be taken into a residential treatment facility.
"I barricade myself in my bedroom with my three girls at night. He has smashed up my windows and televisions several times," she said.
She said he broke a bone in her hand, threatened her with a knife, and gave her black eyes, and bruises all over her body.
"I have to highlight this before my kids are dead, or me," she said.
She said gardaí were called to her Dublin home more than a dozen times this year to deal with his violent behaviour.
The mother-of-four said she has pleaded with Tusla, the child and family agency, to put her son into a residential treatment setting to give him the mental health care he needs.
She said her son has autism, ADHD, and symptoms of manic depression, and he is the size of a grown man.
"Tusla continues to refuse to arrange residential treatment for him. His sisters are terrified," she added.
He was admitted to a special unit in a secondary school, but does not attend regularly.
Tusla refused to comment on the case, stating that, in general, it tries to retain a child within a family setting as far as possible. An inter-agency approach to child protection "is paramount", said a spokeswoman.