“Not guilty” was the plea entered by Dr. Karen McCarron, who is charged with killing Katherine McCarron, her autistic three-year-old daughter. Dr. McCarron was charged with first degree murder, obstructing justice and concealing a homicide, and kept in hand and leg shackles as she approached the bench, as reported by WMBD today.
When questioned, her attorney`s only comment was that he would do whatever is in the best interest of his client. When asked how McCarron was holding up, her father said “not so good.”
It is almost too hard to read about Dr. McCarron and about her daughter.
But I think we have to.
Read the more detailed coverage about this case, Chicago Tribune: Daughter’s murder puts focus on toll of autism. An excerpt:
On May 13, McCarron drove her to daughter to her parents’ house, knowing they were not home, and smothered her, police say. She then drove home and carried Katie’s lifeless body into the house, past visiting family members and up to bed, as if the child were asleep.
She then went to the grocery store to buy ice cream, a trip captured on the store’s security cameras. A couple of hours later, police say, McCarron went upstairs, told relatives Katie wasn’t breathing, and began performing CPR.
Paramedics didn’t suspect foul play immediately, but at 1 a.m. the next morning, a relative called police and said McCarron was trying to overdose on over-the-counter medication.
When police arrived, the woman was embracing her husband, who had just arrived home from a business trip. Police say Paul McCarron was crying, but his wife was subdued. He asked her to tell the authorities what she had told him.
At first, she declined, telling police, “Nothing is going to help, and it’s not going to make any difference.”
I cannot even begin to sort out the mess here.