GUILTY SC - Joe, 66, & Joy Pittman, 62, murdered, Chester, 28 Nov 2001

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by mysteriew, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    http://www.courttv.com/trials/pittman/020805_ctv.html

    Psychiatrist sticks to claim that Zoloft caused boy to kill

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — A child psychiatrist who says an antidepressant caused a 12-year-old to kill his grandparents conceded Tuesday that she did not even meet the boy until a year later..................................Atkins repeated her diagnosis that Christopher's use of the prescription drug Zoloft, an antidepressant, induced a psychotic reaction. The drug sent him into a homicidal mania, she said, and is to blame for the killings.
     
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  3. Sprocket

    Sprocket Former Member

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    I've listened to some of the testimony on CTV. In this case, I don't buy it. His post incident behavior or covering up his crime, to me, doesn't go along with the psychosis.

    jmho, of course.
     
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    Casshew Former Member

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    Remember the kid who stole the plane and flew it into an office building last year...wasn't he supposed to be on some drug too? was it zoloft?
     
  5. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    I have had a nephew on Zoloft. I absolutely, one hundred percent believe that it can take a depressed child and turn them into a psychotic killer. Taking "protective" actions after the horrible deed is done doesn't make me not believe he had a drug induced psychotic episode. This particular boy looks haunted to me. His facial expressions as he is sitting there in court break my heart. Don't get me wrong, the murder of his grandparents is a horrible tragedy, but if the murder was caused by the drug then this kid should not have to face the same consequences as someone who is simply evil.

    No doctor should EVER prescribe this drug to a young person--the dangers are documented.
     
  6. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    They are finding that more and more of the anti-depressants being given to kids are causing more suicidal behaviors in them. Most have not been oked for kids by the FDA due to insufficient testing. I am not sure whether Zoloft has been oked for kids or not. The sister testified that there was a change in his behavior after starting the drug.

    http://www.courttv.com/trials/pittman/020705_ctv.html
     
  7. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From February 2005:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/02/15/zoloft.trial/

     

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