Rebecca Riley’s father has been convicted of first degree murder. Here is a collection of three perspectives.
- COMMENTARY: Wholesale sedation of young children medically, morally indefensible – Hull, MA – Wicked Local Hull — The twin murder trials of the parents of Rebecca Riley, who died at age 4 of an overdose of the psychiatric drug, clonidine, have cast a spotlight on the beliefs and practices of the doctor who prescribed the drug. — Kayoko Kifuji was granted immunity in both trials in exchange for her cooperation for testifying. Reactions from jurors, comments online and letters to the editor based on newspaper accounts of Kifuji’s testimony range from confusion, shock, and outrage directed at the doctor’s role in the tragedy. — Kifuji did go before a grand jury and was not indicted, avoiding any criminal prosecution for her actions. Massachusetts’ medical licensing board, the Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) initially suspended Kifuji’s license to practice medicine. But after conducting an investigation the BRM fully restored Kifuji’s privileges. She is now back at Tufts Medical Center practicing child psychiatry without any restrictions, penalties or supervision.
- Defense blames psychiatrist in little girl’s drug death – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe — The defense attorney for Michael Riley, a South Shore father accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter with an overdose of psychotropic drugs, told jurors today that the child’s Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist is the only one who should be held responsible for the girl’s death.
- Michael Riley Convicted « Spit, Bristle and Fury — Fine commentary about the Rebecca Riley case