After he was accused of molesting his young special needs son, Jose Cordero spent 35 days in a Miami jail and was barred from seeing his family for months.
The allegations did not come directly from the 7-year-old boy, who has autism, speaks little and cannot write on his own. Instead, they came from the child’s elementary school teacher who claimed he relied on a technique called “hand over hand,” guiding the boy’s hands with his own to write down the disturbing details of sexual abuse.
This form of “facilitated” communication is a science that has been been largely debunked in the wake of high-profile scandals involving wrongfully accused parents over the past couple decades.
That didn’t stop Hialeah police from arresting Cordero last October. But Miami-Dade prosecutors soon grew suspicious of the teacher’s story. Never miss a local story.
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