Tuesday, August 07, 2007

She "wanted a life without autism" : Karen McCarron's confession can be used at her trial

The confession that Karen McCarron made to police and family members about allegedly killing her 3-year-old autistic daughter, Katie, on May 13 2006, will be admissable during her trial. In the videotaped confession, McCarron is alleged to have said that she was overwhelmed, that she "wanted a life without autism" and that she suffocated Katie with a plastic garbage bag.

Karen McCarron's attorney, Marc Wolfe, previously argued that McCarron's confession, which she made while she was on suicide watch after overdosing on Tylenol, should not be allowed, because of "her questionable emotional state." Prosecutors in the case counter that when she made the statement, she appeared "coherent and mentally stable." Marc Wolfe also argued that allowing the taped confession to be shown would be a violation of physician/patient privilege. Prosecutors argue, however, that this privilege "does not apply in homicide or child abuse cases."

Karen McCarron is charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder, two counts of obstructing justice, and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. She is free on a $1 million dollar bond, and is set to return court on September 7.

The full article is here.