STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says Miriam Carey had been deteriorating mentally for months -- and believed that President Barack Obama was communicating with her.
Carey is the woman who rammed a White House barrier with her car, and then led authorities on a chase to the streets around the U.S. Capitol building yesterday. There, she was shot and killed by police. Her one-year-old daughter, who was in the car with her, escaped serious injury and was taken into protective custody.
The federal official, who's been briefed about the investigation, says investigators have been interviewing Carey's family about her mental state, and they've been reviewing writings that were found in her condo in Stamford, Conn. According to the official, there was a "serious degradation in her mental health" in recent months. The official says she had made delusional "expressions about the president," and believed Obama was communicating to her. The concerns about her mental health were reported to police in Stamford.
Interviews with some of those who knew Carey suggest she was coming apart well before yesterday's episode. Her former employer says Carey suffered a head injury in a fall, and had then been fired from her job as a dental hygienist. And her mother said she was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter last year.
157-a-16-(Erin Jackson, next-door neighbor of woman in Capitol shooting, with reporters)-"kinda to herself"-Erin Jackson, who lived next door to the woman shot at the Capitol, says she seemed quiet and stable. (4 Oct 2013)
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148-a-07-(Jonathan Fontneau (FAHNT'-noh), Stamford police chief, with reporters)-"at least once"-In response to questions, Stamford Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau said officers had gone to Miriam Carey's apartment in the past -- he says no crime was involved -- but he didn't elaborate. (4 Oct 2013)
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126-c-16-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent)-"was always happy"-AP correspondent Ed Donahue reports Miriam Carey's mother says she had been suffering from post-patrum depression. (4 Oct 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: US Capitol Police cruiser wrecked on Constitution Avenue NW during chase that ended with a crash outside US Capitol, Washington, DC, partial graphic (3 Oct 2013)
APPHOTO NY201M: This 2011 photo provided by Dr. Barry Weiss, from the website of Advanced Periodontics in Hamden, Conn., shows former employee Miriam Carey. The 34-year-old Carey was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House. (AP Photo/Advanced Periodontics) (4 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO CTJM206: A dog-walker passes outside the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in Stamford, Conn., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Law-enforcement authorities have identified Carey, 34, as the woman who, with a 1-year-old child in her car, led Secret Service and police on a harrowing chase in Washington from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (4 Oct 2013)
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