An Indianapolis woman has been accused of feeding her daughter bleach to cure the child’s autism.
The unnamed wife and mother was indicted, according to police reports, for putting hydrochloric acid and a chorine-based water purifying solution into the girl’s drink, Fox 59 reported.
The Indiana child was removed from the home and the Department of Child Services were carrying out the investigations into the incident, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The mother learned of the bleach-forming combination on a Facebook group that refers to the mixture as “Miracle Mineral Solution” (MMS). That group claimed MMS could be used to treat HIV, hepatitis, H1N1 flu, common colds, acne, cancer and other conditions.
The US Food and Drug Administration released a consumer warning on the fake cure in 2010. In that warning the FDA notes that “the product instructs consumers to mix the 28% sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.”
Sherry Quinn, of the Applied Behavioral Center for Autism, told Fox 59 that while it is common for parents to search for home remedies to rid their child of autism, there is no cure.
“It’s a diagnosis that’s going to stay with them,” said Quinn. “The goal is how can we make them more independent, how can we make them the most successful they can be with that diagnosis.”