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Ireland Woman who smothered her daughter was suffering from severe depression with psychotic features, court hears

18:15  23 october  2019
18:15  23 october  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Central Criminal Court © Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Central Criminal Court A MOTHER ON trial had a “fixed, false and psychotic view” of her child’s autistic condition and this “completely irrational belief was in the driving seat” when she smothered her with a pillow in their family home, her defence team have told a jury.

The Central Criminal Court trial also heard from a second consultant forensic psychiatrist, who said that the woman was suffering from severe depression with psychotic features and fulfilled the criteria for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Depression with psychosis , or psychotic depression , happens when someone with major Depression with psychosis is a very serious medical condition that requires immediate medical If a person is or knows someone who is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, they should

My daughter is in detention, and to my surprise they diagnosed her with major depressive disorder severe with psychotic features , audio and visual hallucinations, and anxiety disorder. They have her on 6 meds and when I visit her she seems so sedated and her eyelids are partially closed, but they tell

The expert witness said the woman did not know the nature and quality of her act and believed her only option was to kill her daughter, who she was convinced was profoundly disabled and had no future or quality of life.

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The two-day trial previously heard that the woman became “obsessed” and “overwhelmed” with her child’s autism diagnosis and convinced herself that the toddler had a more severe form of autism – Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – when in reality the diagnosis was at the milder end of the spectrum.

The woman described to gardai how she held the pillow over the child’s face as she struggled and screamed on the couch in their family home. Her daughter called out for her daddy and finally let out a sigh, she said.

The woman, who cannot be named by order of the court, is on trial at the Central Criminal Court, having pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of the three-year-old infant nearly two years ago.

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Evidence

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Depressive psychosis is a combination of major depression and psychosis . A person who experiences depressive psychosis has major depression and psychotic symptoms. Women also tend to experience psychotic depression more than men.

Of those who experience severe clinical depression , about 10 percent to 15 percent will develop psychotic depression . It is , however, impossible to predict the exact people who might be prone to psychotic depression , as not enough is known about the condition's causes.

The defence called Dr Stephen Monks, a consultant forensic psychiatrist from the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) today to give evidence on the mental state of the accused.

Dr Monks agreed with defence counsel Patrick Gageby SC that the woman was a dedicated and caring mother but her mood began “to dip” around the summer of 2017. The woman became “increasingly preoccupied” and “ruminated” about her daughter’s health and this intensity heightened in the weeks leading up to the child’s death. The witness said that for the woman to come to the view that her daughter was profoundly disabled was completely removed from the reality of the situation.

On the day of the killing, her behaviour was profoundly influenced by her depressive state and she was consumed by a feeling of hopelessness and despair, continued Dr Monks. She was unable to generate coping responses and saw killing her child as the only solution, he explained.

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Psychotic depression - Clinical depression . Contents. Overview. Some people who have severe clinical depression will also experience hallucinations and delusional thinking, the symptoms of psychosis . Someone with severe clinical depression feels sad and hopeless for most of the day

Depression with psychotic features , is by definition severe . Severe depression indicates the need for aggressive intervention with the combination of individual psychotherapy and psychotropic medications, including antidepressants and likely, at least temporarily, antipsychotic medication.

In summary, Dr Monks said the woman is suffering from a mental disorder: severe depression with psychotic features. He said she did not know the nature and quality of the act as she believed her only option was to kill her child, who she was convinced was profoundly disabled and had no future or quality of life. She fulfils the criteria for the special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, he concluded.

A consultant forensic psychiatrist for the prosecution yesterday  gave evidence that the defendant was suffering with “recurrent depressive disorder”, which is a mental disorder and fulfilled the criteria for a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Dr Sally Linehan from the CMH outlined that the accused did not know what she was doing was wrong and was unable to refrain from committing the act.

Closing speech 

In his closing speech, prosecution counsel Paul Murray SC asked the jury to leave their emotion and sympathy aside in this very sad case. He suggested that the evidence in the case leads clearly and unequivocally to the special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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The court heard that Tuti, who is from West Java, began working for Mdm Zubaidah in April 2012. Dr Bharat Saluja of the Institute of Mental Health said Tuti’s judgment was significantly impaired at the time of the offence as she was suffering from severe depression , with psychotic symptoms.

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This matter starts with a mother suffocating her first-born child and anyone looking at that would ask how can a “mother in her right mind” do that, he said. However, he asked the jury to consider the woman’s history of mental problems, her obsession with the child’s diagnosis and the apprehension she held for the future of the child.

Mr Murray said the view of both expert witnesses had reached the same conclusion that the defence of insanity was available to the accused “albeit by slightly different routes”. He asked the jury to return a true verdict which reflected the evidence in the case.

Defence counsel Patrick Gageby SC said in his closing address that his client was a “gentle, kind and caring mother who lived for her children”. She harboured a “fixed and false idea” that her child was suffering from the worst possible end of the autism spectrum disorder despite everyone saying to the contrary including the child psychologist.

The woman’s “completely irrational belief” was in the driving seat when she killed her child, he said, adding that she had a “fixed, false, irrational and psychotic view” of her child’s condition. “Her solution was not one that would lead anyone to consider a person was sane,” he continued.

The barrister said that the woman has substantially recovered from her illness under the excellent care of the CMH. The evidence in this case points almost entirely if not entirely one way, said the barrister and he asked the jury to return a verdict that is supported by the evidence.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart has finished charging the jury of six men and six women and they will commence their deliberations after lunch.

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