Miriam, the 34-year-old woman who was shot and killed by police outside the Capitol building on Oct. 3, suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter. Investigators have also found serious medications in her apartment.
Miriam Carey‘s mother, Idella Carey, confirmed that her daughter had postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Erica. What did she say about Miriam’s mental situation after she gave birth?
Miriam Carey Suffered Postpartum Depression
Miriam Carey, the Stamford, Conn. dental hygienist that was shot dead after leading police on a high-speed chase in Wash., D.C., was suffering postpartum depression.
“She had postpartum depression after having the baby,” Idella told ABC News. “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed…she was hospitalized.” Miriam had Erica in August of 2012.
Authorities also reported that Miriam had a history of mental illnesses — and now this is confirmed. Investigators found two medications inside her apartment. One was an antidepressant, and the other treated schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to CNN.
However, Idella also mentioned that Miriam had “no history of violence.”
Erica, Miriam’s 1-year-old daughter, was in the backseat of her car at the time of the shooting — which police did not know. She was miraculously unhurt, despite police firing as many as 15 bullet shots at the car. The child is now in protective custody.
Miriam Carey: Shot Dead After Capitol Hill Car Chase
Miriam crashed her black Infiniti into a security barrier outside the White House, and then sped off in direction of the U.S. Capitol, leading police on a wild chase on Oct. 3. Law enforcement officials say Miriam was unarmed, according to The Washington Post.
Police were forced to shoot Miriam after she refused to stop her vehicle.
Police do not believe the incident was a terrorist act, but D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, ”I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” according to The Huffington Post.
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