ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 18 Year Old: England

Paragraph nine reads:  “Dean was receiving psychiatric
help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.”

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Castleford-Bullied-teen-hangs-himself.5861951.jp

Castleford: Bullied teen hangs himself

Published
Date:
26 November 2009
A bullied Castleford teenager was found hanged at
his home with lyrics from a hardcore rock song scrawled on his arm.
Tragic
Dean Booth, 18, was found by his horrified mum hanging from a loft hatch. He had
placed a computer cord around his neck.

From the age of 15 he was
tormented by school bullies and developed depression and anger management
issues.

Speaking at an inquest into his death, grieving mum Margaret said
she believed this was a cry for help and he had not intended to kill
himself.

The trainee auctioneer, from Castleford had written the words
‘Bestrafe Mich’ – German for ‘Punish Me’ on his arms – lyrics from German rock
band Rammstein.

The hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday
heard he had tried to hang himself on several previous occasions, and even tried
to hurl himself in front of cars to escape his tormentors.

Margaret’s
statement read: “Since earlier this year, he had started scratching his arm,
causing superficial marks. About a week before he died he injured his arm with a
nail gun. I couldn’t say whether this was intentional or an
accident.

“This was a cry for help rather than intending to take his own
life.”

She added he had been singled out by bullies at Castleford High
School. On September 15, they had visited a takeaway before going to bed at
11.30pm. She found him hanging at 6.30am the next morning.

Dean was
receiving psychiatric help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.

A post-mortem examination
found he had 121mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which would have had a
“significant effect on his moodset and cognitive skills”.

Recording an
open verdict, Coroner Mary Burke said: “His past attempts to harm himself had
always followed the use of alcohol. In May there was an incident when he had
been out drinking and tried to jump in front of cars.

“His response when
asked why he had done this is that he had no memory of doing it. So at the time,
and subsequently, he didn’t realise what he was doing.

“Clearly he was
under the influence of alcohol on the day of his death. Based on the evidence I
am not clear or sure what Dean’s intentions were at the time and I’m certainly
not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Dean intended to take his own
life.”

Page 1 of 1

1,285 total views, no views today

ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL: Mother Kills Baby: Pennsylvania

Paragraph 16 reads:  “The defendant’s defense lawyer,
Pietro Joseph D’Angelo, told the court that at the time of the baby’s death,
Brown should have been taking medication for depression and
anxiety.”

“Brown, who is currently back
on prescription medication,
testified she is better able to
cope.”

http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2009/11/21/news/doc4b0772fcf0acd165303912.txt

By KEITH PHUCAS
Times Herald Staff

COURTHOUSE
­ A Norristown woman who admitted causing fatal injuries to her 20-month-old
toddler last November, when she shook him and banged his head against a bed
headboard, was sentenced to prison Friday.

Jennifer Brown, 24, who
pleaded guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the
welfare of a child, was sentenced by Montgomery County Judge William R.
Carpenter to 11 1/2 to 23 months behind bars and three years’
probation.

Brown has already been incarcerated for seven months and is
eligible for Montgomery County Correctional Facility’s Work Release
Program.

She severely injured her son, Lathario Brown-Jacobs, on Nov. 25
in his bedroom at the family’s East Jacoby Street home, and the child died in
the hospital three days later.

After paramedics attempted to treat the
child at the scene, he was taken to Montgomery Hospital. Physicians there
suspected the severe trauma was not accidentally inflicted, and the child was
transferred to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was put on life
support.

When the injured boy was initially hospitalized, the woman
claimed she was awakened by sounds coming from her son’s room at 3 a.m.,
according to court papers, and when she went to check on him, he was having
difficulty breathing.

The mother claimed she tried to wake him, but he
reportedly didn’t respond, and she got upset and began shaking him and hit his
head several times, according to authorities. Around 4 a.m., the mother called
911 to report her son was having breathing problems.

A Norristown day
care center that took care of Lathario Brown on a regular basis told
investigators that the boy frequently had a bloody nose or bloody lip when he
was dropped off in the morning, according to court papers.

When
Norristown Detective David Mazza and County Detective Rich Nilsen interviewed
Brown a second time, she admitted shaking the boy and hitting his head several
times on the headboard or the wall, and at some point the toddler “went
limp.”

According to court records, Dr. Chase Blanchard, a forensic
pathologist with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, performed an
autopsy. Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams, an expert in neuropathology, examined the child’s
brain tissue, and concluded he died as a result of a severe brain
injury.

The defendant’s mother, Eleanor Brown, and the child’s father,
Terrence Jacobs, testified at the sentencing hearing.

“My daughter has
been through a lot of pain and suffering,” Eleanor Brown said. “This has made
her stronger.”

Jacobs, who is also the father of the 24-year-old woman’s
other children, described her as a “very passionate” person. He said the couple
had lived together in Augusta, Ga., but the couple split up and Brown returned
to Norristown.

“She was the thread that held our family together,” he
said.

The defendant’s defense lawyer, Pietro Joseph D’Angelo, told the
court that at the time of the baby’s death, Brown should have been taking
medication for depression and anxiety.

Brown, who is currently back on
prescription medication, testified she is better able to cope.

“It makes
me feel real calm,” she said.

Brown, who graduated from Norristown Area
High School in 2003, played on the school’s field hockey and lacrosse
teams.

Just prior to sentencing, Carpenter said the defendant had no
prior criminal record and was actively participating in counseling programs in
prison.

“I find she is genuinely remorseful, and has the support from her
family,” the judge said.

Since the child’s death nearly a year ago,
Brown’s brother and father have also died.

“She has suffered, and we all
have suffered,” Eleanor Brown said.

1,976 total views, 1 views today