Son With Autism Charged in Mom's Murder

Kent State professor died after savage beating
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 2:40 PM CST
The Steuernagel family in happier times.   (Kent State University)

(Newser) – The autistic son of a Kent State professor has been charged with her murder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. On Jan. 29, Sky Walker allegedly beat his mother, Gertrude Steuernagel, so severely that she died a week later from her injuries. Walker, 18, has been found incompetent to manage his own affairs, but that ruling has no bearing on his criminal competency, the Record-Courier of Ravenna, Ohio, reported.

Friends told the Enquirer that Steuernagel was devoted to caring for her son.