I’m scheduled to attend a commission on human rights meeting in a few hours but can’t sleep, thinking. All my friends are laughing at me up in heaven; I’ve been charged with ineptitude, reformist tendencies, unpunkrock hamfisted good will. I see them laughing, and hear them singing, there’s always someone to praaaaaaay for, and believe me I will.
I’ll say this again about Rebecca Riley, who was not my friend, but is going into the pantheon. I’ve read a number of blog posts about the 60 minutes interview, circle jerks of blighted ignorance and outright defamation. You think by “defamation” I’m referring to Katie Couric, huh. Think harder.
For years, parents of kids with bipolar have been fighting battles reminiscent of the first generation of NAMI parents. Back in the bad old days, psychiatrists blamed schizophrenia on bad parenting…
Parents of bipolar kids have been getting the same treatment. Recently, thanks to books such as “The Bipolar Child,” and the establishment of organizations such as the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, parents have been able to make headway with their clinicians and the school system.
Such a joy to behold our nation’s lovingkindness babyshakers making headway. And every journalist (cough) netroots blogger who exploits this atrocity (look it up) for their unrelated
healthcare political agenda can cancel her out, ignore the inconvenient truth in evidence, and live with that however the hell you live with that, but you don’t get to choose the facts. Facts? What are facts, really, but just more of the same old same old, garden variety fodder for militant antipsychiatry hippies. Facts, distortions, speculations (sigh), if only there was some way to get to the bottom of what went on in that child’s brain house. The Google you say? First hit the last month on Google? Go straight to heck, boys.
A chronology of involvement by the state Department of Social Services with the family of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley.
December 2002: DSS receives a complaint that the Rileys’ oldest child had been neglected while the family was living in Springfield. DSS substantiates the complaint and opens a file on the family.
June 2005: DSS investigates allegations that Michael Riley had sexually abused Carolyn Riley’s 13-year-old daughter from another relationship and refers case to Norfolk district attorney’s office. DSS also investigates whether Carolyn Riley had neglected the couple’s three children.
June 2006: The oldest child, an 11-year-old boy, is taken to the hospital by ambulance. DSS is assured by doctors and neurologists that he was not abused or neglected.
June 2006: A therapist working with Rebecca and her 6-year-old sister files a complaint with DSS after Rebecca’s 6-year-old sister said during a home visit that Michael Riley had hit her. DSS had already investigated and did not substantiate the report.
July 2006: The therapist files a second complaint with DSS, saying that during another home visit that Carolyn Riley appeared drugged and pointed out a puddle of urine where Rebecca had wet the rug while napping. DSS says doctors treating the Riley family say the mother and children are receiving appropriate medication.
October 2006: DSS investigates and substantiates reports from relatives that Michael Riley grabbed his son by the neck and slammed his head against a car window. Carolyn Riley seeks a restraining order.
November 2006: DSS meets in the agency’s Weymouth office with Carolyn Riley, who says she plans to move to Hull and assures them the restraining order against her husband is still active.
Dec. 13, 2006: Rebecca Riley is found dead on her parents’ bedroom floor. An autopsy later indicates she was poisoned by prescription medicine. DSS removes her siblings and places them in foster care.
Mass. DSS dropped investigation of concerns about 4-year-old.
Psychiatrist to suspend practice; denies wrongdoing.
SOURCE: State Department of Social Services, State Police.
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