Mom charged with manslaughter of underweight autistic teen

Photo credit: NBC Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut mother whose autistic teenage son died after being taken to a hospital with what authorities said was severe malnutrition has been charged with manslaughter. Hartford police on Monday said they have obtained a warrant charging 33-year-old Katiria Tirado with first-degree manslaughter. She is expected to appear in court later Monday. Tirado was first charged with cruelty to persons in connection with the death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado. Matthew was taken to the hospital in February after his mother called 911. He was 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed less than 90 pounds. He also had cuts and bruises on his body. In April, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. Katiria Tirado remains jailed. Her public defender didn't immediately return a call. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)