Australian Mother Turned Away After Asking For Help Cuts Her Wrists & Baby’s Throat

Sucharitta Milton

Sucharitta Milton

Australian Husband/Father Blames Hospital for Wife/Mother’s Attempted Suicide & Attempted Murder of Three Week Old Baby

To make you aware of the fact that America is not the only place we have so many mothers on these medications killing, or attempting to kill, their children while under the influence of antidepressants here is a case brought to us from our New Zealand Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, Tracy Lee who lost her own child due to antidepressant-induced suicide:

David Milton said he took his wife, Sucharitta, to Southland Hospital at 3am on Sunday because she was in “absolute agony”.

She had been “like a zombie” and in extreme pain with multiple stitches since the birth of their daughter.

But the hospital sent her home just three and a half hours later after undergoing several tests and being told she had post-natal depression and mastitis.

On Sunday night Sucharitta began passing out and Mr Milton rang their midwife, who had been visiting weekly, to tell her about Sucharitta’s symptoms.

Her husband said the doctor’s attitude was absolutely disgusting when the hospital sent her home telling her to contact her GP the following morning. But by Monday morning their home was a crime scene after his wife cut their three week old baby’s throat and her own wrists. She had cut her wrists so deeply she cut both tendons and ligaments.

Luckily the baby is doing much better, breathing on her own and smiling when she hears her father’s voice.

Of course it would seem to me they would have immediately prescribed an antidepressant as regular procedure for treatment of the diagnosed post partum depression. And that could have been the reason for both her beginning to pass out on Sunday evening and the murder/suicide attempt hours later.

WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

Original articles:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9127120/Babys-father-blames-hospital

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9130882/Mothers-care-to-be-reviewed-after-baby-hurt

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ALCOHOL: Murder Attempt: Man Stabs Police Officer: Malta

Paragraph seven reads: “Supt Martin Sammut, who was an inspector at the
time, testified that in his statement to the police, Mr Attard acknowledged
stabbing the officer and expressed regret. Mr Attard also said that he was
drunk – even though he was not supposed to drink because he was on
anti-depressants – and that he had no intention of hurting the constable. At the
time, Mr Attard said that he was very nervous, as his underage daughter was
pregnant.”

SSRI Stories Note: The Physicians Desk Reference states that
antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and can cause alcohol abuse. Also, the
liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol

http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=71642&newscategory=3
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by John Paul Cordina – editorial@di-ve.com

Court — 19 April 2010 — 12:45CEST

A man charged with the attempted murder of a policeman told police that he
was drunk and on medication when the incident occurred, and did not intend
to hurt the officer, a jury heard on Monday.

Kevin Attard, a 39-year-old Kalkara resident, started undergoing trial by
jury after being charged with the attempted murder of PC Jonathan Farrugia
in the small hours of April 26, 2003, at the St Julians police station.

According to the prosecution, Mr Attard reacted violently when he was
refused entry at the Fuego nightclub in Paceville at around 0320h. Security
guards called the police for assistance, but Mr Attard punched PC Andrew St
John when he intervened, leading to his arrest.

He was taken to the police station, where PC Farrugia was on his own since
his colleagues were out on assignment.

Mr Attard asked for permission to smoke, permission that was granted on
condition that he remained at the station, but he nevertheless attempted to
leave twice. On the second attempt, PC Farrugia ordered Mr Attard to get
back inside, leading to an altercation in which the accused brought out a
3-inch pen knife and stabbed the police officer in the belly.

Two police officers entered the station soon after, and apprehended Mr
Attard. Mr Farrugia was taken to St Luke’s Hospital, where his injury was
certified not to be life-threatening, and was released on the following day.

Supt Martin Sammut, who was an inspector at the time, testified that in
his statement to the police, Mr Attard acknowledged stabbing the officer and
expressed regret. Mr Attard also said that he was drunk – even though he
was not supposed to drink because he was on anti-depressants – and that he
had no intention of hurting the constable. At the time, Mr Attard said that
he was very nervous, as his underage daughter was pregnant.

The accused insisted that PC Farrugia was not alone in the station at the
time, and said that he had just purchased the knife in his home town.

Mr Farrugia testified that when the accused arrived at the station, he
appeared calm, but suddenly attacked him. He said that he was not aware that
he had been stabbed, and thought the accused had grabbed a set of keys and
punched him.

He said that he started shouting for help, and a police officer soon
arrived to help him escort Mr Attard to the station cell. It was this police
officer who informed him that he had been attacked with a knife, the constable
said in Court.

Mr Attard was also charged with slightly injuring PC St John, damaging PC
Farrugia’s uniform, the unlawful possession of a knife and with assaulting
police officers with the aim of preventing them from carrying out their
duty.

The uniform and the knife were presented as evidence to the jury, as was a
blood-stained shirt.

Lawyer Lara Lanfranco is prosecuting on behalf of the Attorney General’s
Office, while lawyers José Herrera and Veronique Dalli are representing Mr
Attard.

The trial is being presided over by Judge Joseph Galea Debono.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL: Mother Kills Daughter: Attempts to Kill Son: CA

Paragraph eight reads:  “At the trial, Woo’s therapist
testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping
her medication.

SSRI Stories note: Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a
medication.  Withdrawal must be done slowly, over a period of a year or
more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/25/BA7L1AQAUU.DTL&tsp=1

Linda Woo gets 25 to life for killing daughter

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, November 26,
2009
(11-25) 09:01 PST SAN FRANCISCO

A San Francisco woman
who asphyxiated her 3-year-old daughter during an apparent suicide attempt in
their Ingleside Terrace home has been sentenced to 25 years to life in
prison.

Linda Woo, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in San Francisco Superior
Court by Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee for first-degree murder. Woo will serve a
concurrent term of seven years to life for the attempted murder of her
4-year-old son, who survived the incident.

On March 29, 2006, Woo was
found inside a car in her garage with her two unconscious children. The

daughter, Olive Murphy, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy suffered
brain injuries.

According to prosecutors, Woo told the children they were
going on a camping trip, led them into the car in the garage and lit a portable
barbecue.

Prosecutors said Woo had been trying to get back at a man who
broke off an affair with her while she was still married to the children’s
father.

When Woo didn’t bring the children to day care, the school
contacted her estranged husband. He called friends, one of whom discovered the

mother and children in the garage at 370 Moncada Way and phoned 911.

Woo,
who worked as a principal project manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in San
Francisco, was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

At the trial,
Woo’s therapist testified that she suffered from depression and had talked
repeatedly about committing suicide after stopping her medication.

Woo’s
attorney argued that Woo grappled with a “major depressive disorder” that was so
severe she was not responsible for her acts.

A San Francisco jury
convicted her in April and rejected Woo’s claims the following month that she
had been insane at the time of the incident.

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

Read
more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/25/BA7L1AQAUU.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0Y6uEMyLv

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Violence: Stand-Off: Oregon

Paragraph 3 reads:  “According to a Clackamas County
Sheriff’s report, Hatcher took a large amount of antidepressant
medication
coupled with alcohol
just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 and
turned violent. Family members fled the home, called the police and said Hatcher
wanted responding officers to shoot him. Emergency responders began arriving
shortly after the call and attempted to initiate communication with
Hatcher.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states
that antidepressants can cause a craving for
alcohol and alcohol abuse. Also, the liver
cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously,  thus
leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the
human body.

http://www.estacadanews.com/news/story.php?story_id=125878060687193400

Standoff with armed gunman ends peacefully

SWAT team called in to negotiate with Estacada man

By Evan Jensen

The
Estacada News, Nov 20, 2009

Bret Hatcher.

Submitted
photo / Estacada News

Twenty-five miles east of downtown Estacada,
near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station on Highway 224, a mentally disturbed
Estacada man went on a rampage Nov. 18, breaking windows, chasing family members
from the home and firing shots from a .22-caliber rifle.

But after a
two-hour standoff with Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies and SWAT negotiators,
Brent A. Hatcher, 28, was taken into custody and booked in the Clackamas County
Jail for unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment, with bail set at
$200,000. Charges of attempted murder were dropped, but Hatcher remains in jail
under close supervision.

According to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s
report, Hatcher took a large amount of antidepressant medication coupled with
alcohol just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 and turned violent. Family members fled
the home, called the police and said Hatcher wanted responding officers to shoot
him. Emergency responders began arriving shortly after the call and attempted to
initiate communication with Hatcher.

“At 10:14 p.m., Bret Hatcher
answered the telephone at the resident and declared repeatedly that he had a
rifle and would shoot to kill,” CCSO Public Information Officer Jim Strovink
said.

At 10:22 p.m., deputies at the rear entrance of the residence
saw Hatcher exit the residence with rifle in hand. While the Special Weapon and
Tactics Team was being mobilized, deputies continued to try and make contact
with Hatcher, then heard two gunshots fired in their direction.

“The
stationed deputies on the perimeter could hear the rounds whipping through the
tree line in close proximity to where they were positioned,” CCSO Capt. Kevin
Layng said.

At 11:16 p.m., SWAT negotiators made contact with Hatcher by
phone and continued to attempt to calm him and develop an exit plan to take
Hatcher into custody without anyone getting hurt.

“Clackamas County’s
SWAT negotiators receive extensive training in the art of communicating with
people in challenging situations, especially those with mental-health issues,”
Strovink said. “… An estimated 35 percent of all inmates at the Clackamas County
Jail suffer from some form of mental-health issue.”

SWAT negotiators were
able to take Hatcher into custody without incident and transport him to the
Clackamas County Jail. Upon collecting evidence from the scene, investigators
found that the .22-caliber weapon Hatcher fired had malfunctioned and one round
was found jammed in the chamber, making the weapon inoperable.

“This
incident involves a man mixing his medication with alcohol, destroying his home,
chasing his family from the resident, and then arming himself with a rifle…”
Strovink said. “… but it did have a successful conclusion. He was safely brought
into police custody, with no injuries to anyone. … The SWAT negotiators did a
commendable job, calmly managing a difficult and threatening subject on the
phone and securing a peaceful
surrender.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Woman Attempts to Kill her Mother: Aus…

Paragraph eleven reads:  “Maria Christine Clark had a
history of suffering from mild depression and was taking
medication, the summary said.”

http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/daughter-guilty-of-attempted-murder/1654719.aspx

Daughter guilty of attempted murder

20/10/2009
10:02:00 PM

A BALLARAT woman has admitted to trying to kill her elderly

mother at a nursing home by stopping her from breathing.

Maria Christine
Clark, 51, yesterday pleaded guilty in Ballarat Magistrates Court to one count
of attempted murder.

Her 81-year-old mother, Agnes Caris, died at
Nazareth House on the evening of December 14 last year.

The charge
carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.

The prosecution
withdrew a charge of murder against Clark during yesterday’s brief court
hearing, which was set down for a three-day committal hearing.

A police
summary tendered to the court says Clark was alone with her mother in her room
when she tilted her head and pinched her wind pipe with her right thumb and
index finger until she stopped breathing.

Mrs Caris died at 11.10pm.

The next day, Clark confessed to a work colleague that she had taken her
mother‘s last breaths, the summary says.

Clark was then interviewed by
police where she recounted the incident.

The summary says Mrs Caris had
a stroke and lapsed into a coma just days before she died.

Family
members were told death was expected. She also suffered from cancer.

Clark had a history of suffering from mild depression and was taking
medication, the summary said.

Family surrounded Clark in court, however
a male left the court room abruptly moments before the case was called while a
female left crying during the hearing.

Clark sat silent in the front row
of the public gallery until Magistrate Richard Pithouse asked her for her plea,

to which she replied “guilty”.

Mr Pithouse extended Clark’s bail on
her own undertaking, which does not include reporting to police. She will face a
directions hearing in Melbourne on November 4.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Man Given 6 Years in Prison: Illinois

Paragraphs 13 & 14 read:  “Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.”

“She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.”

http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2009/08/27/59514073/index.xml

North Aurora man gets six years in prison in attempted murder

By KATE THAYER – kthayer@kcchronicle.com

ST. CHARLES – “Unchecked emotions” resulted in a prison sentence for a North Aurora man who tried to kill his wife, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Timothy Sheldon sentenced Dariusz Hrehorowicz, 38, to six years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful restraint charges. Hrehorowicz was convicted in June after a jury trial.

Prosecutors said Hrehorowicz attacked his wife in January 2008 – about two weeks after she filed for divorce. In the attack, he placed a plastic bag over her head before she was able to get away and run to a neighbor’s home.

Sheldon remarked on the “high emotions of divorce court” spilling into felony court before sentencing Hrehorowicz to six years in prison.

“There are high consequences for these unchecked emotions,” he said.

Sentencing laws required that Sheldon sentence Hrehorowicz to between six to 30 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder.

Sheldon said he considered Hrehorowicz’s two young daughters and his lack of criminal history when he handed down the minimum sentence.

He also ordered Hrehorowicz pay for costs the county incurred hiring a Polish translator.

Through that translator, Hrehorowicz told Sheldon he was sorry for his actions.

“I feel my wife could have been a little frightened because I argued with her and I feel very sorry about that,” the translator said in court Wednesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Belshan asked Sheldon to sentence Hrehorowicz to nine years in prison to deter others from committing a similar crime and because Hrehorowicz lacked remorse in his written statement to Sheldon.

“He is not remorseful … in fact he blames [his wife],” Belshan said, adding that Hrehorowicz also blames prosecutors for his conviction and has “great disdain” for his estranged wife.

Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.

She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.

Hrehorowicz’s wife did not speak in court and declined to comment after the hearing. She submitted a victim impact statement to Sheldon before the sentencing.

Hrehorowicz likely will be eligible for parole in about 3 1/2 years because of sentencing laws and time he served in jail since his arrest.

June’s jury trial was the third attempt after two mistrials. In the first, a jury could not reach a decision after a day of deliberating. The second mistrial was declared after Hrehorowicz’s wife – the first witness to testify at trial – fainted as she took the stand

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Prozac Nearly Ruined My Life at 13

“I frequently wandered around in a daze, or ran around at all hours of the day and night. I became intensely suicidal.”

 

I was put on Prozac by my GP at 13 for depression. Before going on the drug, I was a happy, normal child. Within two weeks of being on Prozac, I was hypomanic. I realize that with hindsight. I started getting into trouble with the police, I was extremely aggressive towards anyone who dared come near me, and I started self-harming. I frequently wandered around in a daze, or ran around at all hours of the day and night. I became intensely suicidal, taking a total of 15 overdoses while on this evil drug. I inserted pins into my arms, started drinking, and physically assaulting people. I was arrested numerous times, once for throwing knives at the police, and nearly got charged with attempted murder (no one was hurt). My mother realized that Prozac had completely changed my personality, and took me off it. About three weeks later, I awoke one morning, not knowing what I’d done during the time on Prozac, and having a memory gap of the whole time I was on the drug. I could not remember a thing. 5 yrs later, I am back to my usual self, but I still suffer from the time I spent on Prozac. I started getting flashbacks of things that occurred whilst on the drug, flashbacks to events my mother verified, because I could not believe them. I am very wary of going on any psychiatric drugs, because of the damage Prozac caused. If you are reading this, please remember, you are taking your life (and others, possibly) in your hands.

 

2/2/2002

This is Survivor Story number 45.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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Attempted Murder-Suicide on Zyban

“Now he is serving 15 yrs. in jail for the death of his little girl and the trauma that his son had to face.”

 

We have a close friend who went on Zyban nearly 2 years ago to quit smoking. He was the nicest guy you could ever know. He was unselfish – often taking in homeless people into his own home and helping them out until they were on their feet again. If a neighbor needed help – he was the first one to lend a hand.

He was also a single dad who was raising his 8 yr. old son on his own. He also had a 3 yr. old daughter by a following relationship that failed. The little girl lived with her mom.

But after going on Zyban something went terribly wrong. He felt so much anxiety about his little girl, because her mommy was a drug addict. The next thing we knew, he was all over the news on TV and in the papers.

He had taken his 2 kids camping out of town and attempted a murder-suicide, which resulted in suffocating the girl and slitting the boys throat and slitting his own wrists. The boy lived but the girl died.

He suddenly came to himself and realized what he had done and quickly drove to the nearest town to a hospital to try and save his son. All he was wearing when he arrived at the hospital was his undershorts.

He underwent psychiatric assessment before the trial and they said he was totally sane. Yet they failed to admit that the Zyban had anything to do with it.

Now he is serving 15 yrs. in jail for the death of his little girl and the trauma that his son had to face.

I feel so awful – I don’t think he should be in jail. And on top of all this – the jail will not even allow him any psychological counseling to help him deal with this tragedy.

Ironically he is still smoking!

 

8/22/2001

This is Survivor Story number 24.
Total number of stories in current database is 34

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