Woman killed in US Capitol drama 'delusional': media
AFP and APWASHINGTON -- Investigators sought Friday to find out why a 34-year-old mother from Connecticut led police on a high-speed chase through Washington only to be shot and killed outside the U.S. Capitol.
October 6, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist, allegedly rammed a barrier at the White House in a black Infiniti two-door coupe, then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue with her year-old baby girl at her side.
The infant was placed in protective custody in a Washington children's hospital in the aftermath of a drama that triggered a lockdown of the Capitol on day three of a U.S. government shutdown.
Police who searched her home in Stamford, Connecticut found a crib, children's toys and baby bottles, but no weapons or anti-government material, the Hartford Courant newspaper reported.
Carey's mother Idella Carey told ABC News that her daughter had “no history of violence” and that it was a mystery why she was in the nation's capital in the first place.
“She had post-partum depression after having the baby” in August last year, she said. “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed ... She was hospitalized.”
Several U.S. news media Friday quoted a law enforcement source who they did not name as saying that Carey had had delusional thoughts that President Barack Obama was communicating with her and that she was under electronic surveillance.
CBS News said Carey had sustained a head injury in a fall in April 2012 for which she got hospital treatment. It also said she had been fired from her job at a dental clinic after an argument over a handicapped parking spot.
“(She) did not deserve to have her life cut down”
Her sisters say they want to know why she had to die. Amy Carey-Jones said on CNN on Friday there should've been “another way instead of shooting and killing an individual.” She said Miriam Carey “seemed OK” the last time they spoke more than a week ago.
The other sister, Valarie Carey, said she “did not deserve to have her life cut down.” She said there was “no need for a gun to be used.”
On Facebook, there was an outpouring of anger directed at police on a memorial page for Carey created by a friend in the wake of the incident.