Filicide


          State of Maine v. Kigas          Penobscot County Superior Court          Bangor, Maine

     Defendant Kigas starved to death her young daughter over a period of five weeks.  Defense expert Robinson demonstrated that the Defendant lacked the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions because of hallucinations and delusions suffered by the Defendant.  These hallucinations and delusions caused the Defendant to believe that she was pregnant with a child fathered telepathically by Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and that she was being tormented by devil worshipers in her apartment complex. 

These symptoms caused her to believe that her child was possessed by evil and could be delivered back to God only in death through starvation.  The Defendant was found not criminally responsible. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Perry O'Brian, Esq.                              Bangor, Maine                              (207) 942-4697

(See also newspaper article "Tonia Kigas found not guilty")

          State v. Dedekian          Kennebec County Superior Court          Augusta, Maine

     Defendant Dedekian was charged with the suffocation death of her infant son.  The defense retained Dr. Charles Robinson as an expert.  At the conclusion of each of two contested hearings, the defense prevailed in their assertion that the Defendant was incompetent to stand trial.  After four years of in-patient psychiatric treatment, the patient's competence was attested to by Dr. Robinson.  At sentencing, the Judge ordered the Defendant to serve a six year term of probation to the satisfaction of her treating psychiatrist. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              John Pelletier, Esq.                              Augusta, Maine                              (207) 622-6161


          State v. Kem          Superior Court of Montana          Missoula, Montana

     Defendant Kem pled guilty to the death of his four year old stepson.  The boy had been "disciplined" over the course of three day holiday in an effort to toilet train him.  He died of these injuries.  Montana maintains capital punishment.  The defense called Dr. Charles Robinson as an expert at sentencing. The Defendant received a 55 year sentence. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Michaela Murphy, Esq.                              Waterville, Maine                              (207) 873-0781


           
State V. Austin
Kennebec Superior Court    
Augusta, Maine 
  

 

Ms. Austin brought about the death of her four year old daughter over the course of
a three day psychotic episode. She was found Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of
Mental Disease which rendered her incapable of appreciating the wrongfulness of her
actions.

 

 

 

Defense Attorney:

 

John Pellitier

Augusta Maine

(207)622-6161


           State V. Ramsey
Waldo Superior Court    
Belfast, Maine 
  

 

Ms. Ramsey was found Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disease in the
suffocation death of her infant son. The jury found in agreement with Dr. Robinson’s
testimony, that Ms. Ramsey post-partum depression had rendered her psychotic thereby
substantially incapacitating her ability to aspirate the wrongfulness of her
actions.

 

 

Defense Attorney:

 

John Pellitier

Augusta Maine

(207)622-6161


 
State V. Kigas 
Penobscot Superior Court    
Bangor, Maine 
  

 Ms. Kigas starved her five year old daughter to death over the course of a
four week period. In her delusional state she believed had become inhabited by the
devil. Her delusions included the belief that guitarist Pat Metheny was
communicating with her via his recordings. Ms. Kegas was found Not Criminally
Responsible by Reason of Mental Disease in the starvation death of her daughter.

 

 

Defense Attorney:

 

Perry O’Brian

Bangor Maine

(207)942-4697

 

 

 

 



          State of Maine v. Kigas          Penobscot County Superior Court          Bangor, Maine

     Defendant Kigas starved to death her young daughter over a period of five weeks.  Defense expert Robinson demonstrated that the Defendant lacked the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions because of hallucinations and delusions suffered by the Defendant.  These hallucinations and delusions caused the Defendant to believe that she was pregnant with a child fathered telepathically by Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and that she was being tormented by devil worshipers in her apartment complex. 

These symptoms caused her to believe that her child was possessed by evil and could be delivered back to God only in death through starvation.  The Defendant was found not criminally responsible. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Perry O'Brian, Esq.                              Bangor, Maine                              (207) 942-4697

(See also newspaper article "Tonia Kigas found not guilty")



          State v. Dedekian          Kennebec County Superior Court          Augusta, Maine

     Defendant Dedekian was charged with the suffocation death of her infant son.  The defense retained Dr. Charles Robinson as an expert.  At the conclusion of each of two contested hearings, the defense prevailed in their assertion that the Defendant was incompetent to stand trial.  After four years of in-patient psychiatric treatment, the patient's competence was attested to by Dr. Robinson.  At sentencing, the Judge ordered the Defendant to serve a six year term of probation to the satisfaction of her treating psychiatrist. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              John Pelletier, Esq.                              Augusta, Maine                              (207) 622-6161



          State v. Kem          Superior Court of Montana          Missoula, Montana

     Defendant Kem pled guilty to the death of his four year old stepson.  The boy had been "disciplined" over the course of three day holiday in an effort to toilet train him.  He died of these injuries.  Montana maintains capital punishment.  The defense called Dr. Charles Robinson as an expert at sentencing. The Defendant received a 55 year sentence. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Michaela Murphy, Esq.                              Waterville, Maine                              (207) 873-0781

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See also the online publications: 
FILICIDE: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL AND PROFILING CONSIDERATIONS
FILICIDE: MOMS WHO KILL THIER CHILDREN
ABNORMAL CONDITIONS OF MIND: A FORENSIC OVERVIEW  
OBSERVATIONS ON COGNITION AND INSANITY 
AGGRESSION AND INSANITY: DETERMINING THE CAPACITY TO APPRECIATE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
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