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Detectives: Man punched autistic girl

Posted March 4, 2010

— Detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested a Parkton man they say repeatedly punched an autistic girl in the face.

Detective said that Timothy Browning Jr., 39, of Sandy Grove Road, gave the 13-year-old girl a black eye.

Browning was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center Thursday under a $5,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Thursday afternoon.


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  • Sessy V--V Mar 4, 2010

    "Repeatedly punching a 13 year old female is unacceptable. I wonder if he ever tried his technique out on 25 year old men?

    REAL men dont hit Men, Women or Children

  • Viewer Mar 4, 2010

    Repeatedly punching a 13 year old female is unacceptable. I wonder if he ever tried his technique out on 25 year old men?

  • treki70 Mar 4, 2010

    proud parent of a autisic son -yes it hurt when we found out but we make the best of it every day

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 4, 2010

    Happymom...Your reading level is what is substandard! I never said all children, much less your child, was misdiagonosed. If you reread my post, you will see I am actually "standing up" for children who actually have Autism.

    Also, I was not trying to impress with my education. To assume all teachers are the way you experienced is unfortunately quite ignorant on your part. Some actually do know what they are doing and do everything for the best interest of your child. I am sorry you have not had those experiences but it is no reason to believe all educators are the same.

    Kellyaustin...same to you. Don't put all teachers in a cookie cutter look either. We are not all the same.

    I simply mentioned my education because another poster brought it up.

    My experience with Autism is great and I have had nothing but positive results with my Autistic students, but since I am only an educator and have spent years in this situation, my opinion means nothing.

  • kikinc Mar 4, 2010

    oleguy-Really? Wait until we hear the whole story? She was 13! And if she did look older, she was still a female who was hit by a 40 year old man! You CANNOT spin this situation to where he was in the right. I can't use the word I'd like to for this guy, but it takes a real coward to do what he did.

  • kellyaustin96 Mar 4, 2010

    I agree with happymom. Want to know courage, be autistic or the parent of an autistic child.

    Someone stating they have a background in education is a red flag to me. I have seen the out right ignorance of educators dealing with children that do not meet their cookie cutter standards.

  • cbarnett Mar 4, 2010

    this one 5000. the hit and run at the school bus, 6000. What is wrong with this picture?

  • happymom Mar 4, 2010

    the teacher is miserable, and the class gets a bad introduction to how to deal with peers on the spectrum. I have met wonderful educators, but having that particular credential doesn't automatically make you an expert.

    I love my son, and he brings me joy everyday. Your comments are more a part of the problem than they are aimed at helping in any way. The funny thing is that most of the people who make callous comments would collapse if they had to walk a week in either my child's shoes or mine. It takes a lot of courage and strength to live on the spectrum, especially when you don't understand why people can be so cruel.

  • mistersinister Mar 4, 2010

    What situation were they in that they crossed paths?

  • happymom Mar 4, 2010

    TRUTH... then you must have a substandard education. My child was definitely not just thrown a diagnosis. Indicators of autism actually shows up on neurological tests (ex: PET scans)since children on the spectrum have actually differences in how their brains operate. Plus, there are CLEAR and unmmistakable clinical signs. Most of us initially struggle with the diagnosis, and many of us still struggle to pay for the massive amount of therapy, medication, social skills training, etc. that we often have to pay out of pocket for. Not to mention the social isolation, depression, and marital strain many families face as a result of having a child on the spectrum. Believe me, it's not something we WANT our children to have and we don't wear it like a badge for the "in" club.

    Unfortunately, stating that you have a background in education is not impressive to me. My son has had many teachers that don't understand autism and have no intention of doing so. The result is that my child struggles