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Michael & Carolyn Riley
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Michael and Carolyn Riley at their arraignment in Hingham District Court in the death of their daughter, Rebecca.
Parents set for trial in death of 4-year-old in Hull

BROCKTON — The trial is about to begin in a case involving parents accused of giving their 4-year-old daughter a fatal overdose of prescription drugs.

Prosecutors allege Carolyn and Michael Riley overmedicated their daughter, Rebecca, to keep her quiet and out of their way. The girl died in her parents’ home in Hull in December 2006.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in Brockton Superior Court, with opening statements expected the following week.
Judge Charles Hely must still rule on several defense motions, including one by the defense to bar testimony about Carolyn Riley’s alleged history of getting more pills than what was prescribed for Rebecca.

Defense lawyers say the Rileys were following orders from their daughter’s psychiatrist.