Christina Schumacher released from psychiatric ward where she was held against her will for 5 and a half weeks
Christina Schumacher was ordered to be released from a psychiatric ward where she was held against her will. She was committed to the psychiatric ward on December 19th, one day after her 14 year old son and 49 year old estranged husband were found dead in an Essex apartment.
Christina Schumacher’s estranged husband reportedly strangled their son before hanging himself. Christina was held at the Fletcher Allen Health Care facility in Burlington for 5 and a half weeks before her ordered release.
Vermont Superior Court Judge Kevin Griffin disagreed with the doctor’s assessment of Christina Schumacher that she needed to be admitted or taken into custody.
“The court did not find, by clear and convincing evidence, that Respondent was a person in need of treatment at the time of admission or application, nor a patient in need of further treatment at the time of the hearing,” Judge Kevin Griffin wrote in his ruling.
“I can’t speak to specifics of this case, but I can say that in all matters such as this we make decisions that we think are in the best interests of the patient,” stated Mike Noble, a spokesman for Fletcher Allen Health Care of the decision.
According to court records, Christina Schumacher had written her sister in the summer claiming that she would kill herself if anything should happen to her children.
“I am not ill; I am simply a mother who is grieving the tragic loss of her young son. No mother should ever have to experience this loss,” Christina Schumacher reportedly stated.
Christina Schumacher had warned the Essex police the night before the murder-suicide that her estranged husband may attempt to flee the country with her teenager. She also warned police that she feared for her son’s safety hours before the tragedy was discovered.
A typed suicide note was found in the apartment.
Christina Schumacher Released From Psychiatric Ward After Being Held Against Her Will.