San Antonio, TX, March 15 - Contending that a Houston area mother received "shoddy" mental health care before drowning her children, a human rights group has filed a complaint with state regulators over her psychiatric treatment.

Andrea Yates, convicted this week of capital murder in the deaths of three of her children, was in a psychotic state caused by premature release from care, use of inappropriate drugs and overmedication, according to CCHR Texas' complaint filed with the state Board of Medical Examiners.

Jurors after four weeks of testimony rejected claims by Yates' lawyers that she was innocent by reason of insanity, severe psychosis from postpartum depression, of drowning her children one by one in the family bathtub on June 20. Yates, 37, had been treated for schizophrenia and severe depression after the births of her last two children.

"We were appalled at what Andrea went through in her treatment," Jerry Boswell, president of CCHR Texas, told the Houston Chronicle in Friday's editions. "She basically came for help, and of course, we know what the outcome was."

The eight-woman, four-man jury was expected to begin deliberating Yates' fate Friday after closing arguments in her trial's punishment phase. She faces possible death by injection or life imprisonment.

Boswell said his group also planned to file a similar grievance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The human rights group obtained Yates' medical records, which are now public records, last week and had them reviewed by a board-certified pharmacist, a physician and a psychiatrist, said Boswell.

"We feel like she was in a system and she should have expected a positive outcome," he said. "There is accountability here."

Medical records from Yates' last hospital stay at Devereux Texas Treatment Network in May indicate her condition had not changed much between her admission and discharge. Boswell said the complaints mainly target the League City psychiatric hospital.

A psychiatrist who decided to take Yates off her anti-psychotic medication has testified that he saw no evidence she was psychotic when he examined her two days before she drowned the children.

Yates' husband, Russell, has contended his wife didn't receive adequate medical care during two extended stays at the Devereux Texas Treatment Network, where Dr. Mohammad Saeed was a unit medical director.

Saeed said he decided on June 4 to gradually take Yates off her medication because he thought it was hindering her progress. He said he saw no evidence of psychosis at the time, and did not see Yates again until June 18.

"I cannot find any evidence that psychosis was playing any important role," Saeed testified.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus at the State University of New York.

In a prepared statement, the group said it "has a 33-year history of denouncing human rights violations in the field of psychiatry."


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This article reposted by Greg Churilov
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