Vt victim's mom testifies about psych ward stay
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont woman held against her will for more than five weeks at a psychiatric ward after her estranged husband killed their son and then hanged himself has told lawmakers she did not deserve the treatment she got.
But Christina Schumacher tells The Associated Press she's not sure she would oppose involuntary hospitalization in all instances.
Last week, a judge ordered the 48-year-old Schumacher released from a Burlington hospital. The judge disagreed with a doctor's assessment that she needed inpatient treatment.
That involuntary commitment came Dec. 19, the day after authorities say 49-year-old Ludwig Schumacher strangled his 14-year-old son, Gunnar, and then hanged himself.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would streamline the process for committing patients for mental health treatment, including medicating them against their will.