Thursday, January 14, 2010

"They all begged the authorities to lock her up."

The U.S. is not alone in its wrong-headed, civil libertarian approach to the severely mentally ill. The Daily Mirror of London today reports a tragic story about a woman in England who stabbed her child to death:
A mentally-ill mum killed her five-year-old girl by knifing her 52 times after a series of warnings that she was a danger were ignored. Aisling Murray, a paranoid schizophrenic, stabbed screaming Chloe during a twisted ritual after transforming her daughter's bedroom into an altar.

A report published yesterday revealed Chloe's teachers, dad David Fahey and Murray's mum had all begged the authorities to lock her up.

Murray, a 23-year-old mum-of-two with a history of mental illness, had been discharged from hospital just a few weeks before the killing and was ruled not to be a risk. The night before Chloe's death, Murray was arrested for attacking David at their house in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

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