Boy with autism found fatally stabbed; 2 women semi-conscious - FOX 32 News Chicago

Police investigate death of boy with autism, toxicology results pending

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Photo courtesy of Dorothy Spourdalakis, who spoke with FOX 32 News in March 2013. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Spourdalakis, who spoke with FOX 32 News in March 2013.
Alex Spourdalakis celebrating his 14th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Spourdalakis, who spoke with FOX 32 News in March 2013) Alex Spourdalakis celebrating his 14th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Spourdalakis, who spoke with FOX 32 News in March 2013)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The mystery continues as to how a teen with autism died in River Grove.

The Medical Examiner's office says they have not ruled on an exact cause of death as they await a toxicology test.

The 14-year-old, named Alexander Spourdalakis, was found dead in a locked apartment in his home on Sunday. He had multiple stab wounds to his chest. His mother and female caretaker were found semi-conscious in the same room.

Police guarded the mother and the caregiver of the boy at Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park on Tuesday.

Two months ago, FOX 32 News profiled Spourdalakis, after his mother, Dorothy Spourdalakis, said he was being neglected in the hospital.

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River Grove Police Chief Rodger Loni said the boy was found lying in his bed, in his family's locked second-floor apartment above a business on West Grand Avenue. His uncle discovered the body, which had multiple stab wounds to the chest. Next to the teen's body was a semi-conscious Dorothy and Alex's caretaker.

The weapon was not found at the scene.

Police told FOX 32 on Monday that they believe the incident to be a domestic dispute. Loni said the caregiver hasn't been very cooperative, but they are piecing together what happened as the death investigation continues in River Grove.

River Grove police tell FOX 32 News a hand-written note was found near the boy's body. Although they won't detail what was written, they say that Alex's mother and his caretaker's signatures were signed to end the note.

Police say they're familiar with the family, as they have been called out to their apartment before this tragedy.

"When he needed to go to the hospital, his mother would call for our ambulance and he was a big, strong man," police said. "And he was very unwilling to go, voluntarily so he needed to be restrained."

Standing over 6 feet tall and weighing more than 200 pounds, police say it took six to eight officers and firefighters to restrain and carefully place him into an ambulance.

Now, police search for answers in the teens' death.

"It's terrible for a 14-year-old kid," Police Chief Rodger Loni says. "Never had a chance."

Alex Spourdalakis' story received a lot of attention earlier this year when he was hospitalized with gastrointestinal problems, and his mother complained that a local hospital was improperly keeping him in restraints.

The boy's father lives separately from him and police said the father is cooperating with the investigation.

When FOX 32 profiled the boy's situation in March 2013, his mother described his autistic condition in this way:

"He has severe autism and he's non-verbal," Dorothy Spourdalakis said earlier this year. "They also have him labeled as cognitively impaired."

The teen had been hospitalized several times since November 2012 because of his medical condition.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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