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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    MA - Darlene Graham accused of stabbing infant son, 2005

    The mother of a 5-week-old baby was arrested in Medford last night after she allegedly stabbed her son and threatened to kill him, police said.

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
    Northern US
    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    The mother of a 5-week-old baby was arrested in Medford last night after she allegedly stabbed her son and threatened to kill him, police said.


    what the hell is going on with the world?

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    Dec 2004
    West Coast

    Postpartum killings: is the media contributing to them?

    As much as I am a strong advocate for proper mental health treatment, and the dangerousness of depression and psychosis, all these baby killings due to postpartum depression are really getting to be redundant! Why haven't these women gotten treatment yet? At least in TX, after Andrea Yates, pregnant women are warned now. I think that the media is influencing these women a little bit now. There's just so much crime coverage.

    Mother who stabbed baby 'just snapped'

    Fiancé blames her depression; child recovering

    By Rebecca Mahoney and Raja Mishra, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff | June 7, 2005

    MEDFORD -- John Czekanski watched in horror Sunday night as his fiancee held a knife to their 5-week-old son in a standoff with police.

    ''I was mortified," he said. ''She just snapped."

    Until that sultry day, Darlene Graham had been a loving, capable mother who took good care of Joey, Czekanski said yesterday outside the house they shared here.

    ''She's been such a good mother," Czekanski said. ''She's right there for him."

    But Sunday night, after a nearly hourlong standoff, Graham, 27, allegedly stabbed the infant six times with a large knife and threatened to kill him. A police officer managed to grab the knife and wrest the infant away.

    Graham faces charges that include attempted murder and assault and battery on a child, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office. The infant was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and was expected to be released into his father's custody by today, said Denise Monteiro, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services.

    Yesterday, Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn ordered Graham held for a psychiatric evaluation after reading a letter written by a doctor at Lowell General Hospital who examined Graham after her arrest, said Melissa Sherman, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley's office. Sherman declined to disclose what the letter said.

    In an interview yesterday, Czekanski said Graham was suffering from severe postpartum depression. ''It's really got ahold of her," he said. ''It's interfered with her rational thinking."

    She had been struggling since Joey was born, he said, but he didn't realize how bad it had gotten until Sunday night, when he realized Graham was ''acting really weird." He did not elaborate on Graham's behavior.

    He called 911 for help, and Graham panicked, he said.

    ''She thought someone was going to take the baby away," said Czekanski.

    When police arrived, Czekanski and firefighters were in the house trying to calm Graham down. Police negotiators sent everyone outside, including Czekanski.

    He said he was forced to walk away without knowing what would happen.

    ''I was lost," he said.

    Sergeant Edward Durham of the Medford police spent about 50 minutes negotiating with Graham, police said. Finally, he was able to pull the knife out of Graham's hand, while other officers grabbed the infant away.

    The baby was treated for six stab wounds, all but one of which were described as superficial, said Monteiro, of the DSS.

    Joey is Graham's only child, Monteiro said.

    Postpartum depression occurs following about 10 percent of births, according to psychiatric specialists.

    But postpartum psychosis, which is behind most fatal cases, is far less common, occurring in about one or two cases per 1,000 births. Houston mother Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub, fell into this category, which is marked by delusions, paranoia, and dramatic shifts in personality.

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