- Medicine is science-based is a myth and a fallacy. The parents are blaming the psychiatrist for the diagnosis and for prescribing the meds. Medicine is an art as much as science. There is no reall way to diagnose most of the "disorders" that have mysteriously appeared in the last decades. They tend to be disorders for which there is a drug to address some physical sysmptoms and then a disorder is named. This relates to making birth safe because this is the same science community and protocols used by practitioners of medicine to justify what they do and what they give to women and babies in labor and birth. ADHD, bi-polar, depression, even Infant Colic and Crohn's Disease do not have a medical basis or understanding for their origins, but are people are medicated for the symptoms.
- there is zero focus and action on the touted belief that "children are our most valuable resource." How something will affect a child -- for life-- is zero the focus from conception, gestation, labor and birth and continuing throughtout childhood.
- there is zero value in this society of the importance of baby's rights and of bringing a baby into a family where she or he will wanted, loved, cared for, and protected. Adults rights prevail over children's and Medicine is God.
Parents accused of drugging child for money
Prosecutor says they made up girl's symptoms to get government benefits
Rebecca Riley, 4, died Dec. 13, 2006, in Hull, Mass. Rebecca's parents, Michael and Carolyn Riley, are accused in the drug-poisoning death.
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Michael and Carolyn Riley pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges Tuesday and were ordered to remain in custody without bail.
The Rileys' applications for Supplemental Security Income for their daughter, Rebecca, were twice rejected after government doctors examined her and found no evidence to back the parents' claims of bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, Assistant District Attorney Frank Middleton said.
Rebecca was found dead on the floor of her parents' bedroom on Dec. 13. A medical examiner said she died of a lethal combination of prescription drugs, including a fatal dose of Clonidine, which she had been taking for ADHD.
The Rileys' attorneys blame the girl's death on her psychiatrist.
"The medicines that a totally irresponsible doctor gave her killed her — not the parents," said John Darrell, Michael Riley's lawyer.
Girl's death raises troubling questions in child psychiatry
Message Board: Should a child as young as Rebecca be medicated for psychiatric conditions? Share your views on the troubling questions raised by this case.
Kifuji agreed to stop practicing medicine until the state Board of Registration in Medicine completes an investigation. Her attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., has said she did nothing wrong and did not overprescribe medication for Rebecca. He declined to comment Tuesday.