The Patriot Ledger
BROCKTON - Michael and Carolyn Riley pleaded innocent Tuesday, March 27, 2007, to charges they deliberately gave their 4-year-old daughter Rebecca a fatal overdose of prescription medicine.
At an arraignment today in Brockton Superior Court, prosecutors said the couple went to great lengths in a failed attempt to qualify for $1,200 a month in disability benefits.
Doctors for the Social Security Administration twice rejected the family’s claim, once after she was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder and then when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Rebecca died of a drug overdose on Dec. 13 at the family’s home in Hull. Her parents were arrested nearly two month later and arraigned in Hingham District Court.
They were indicted by a grand jury on Friday, moving the case to superior court.
Michael Riley, 34, and Carolyn Riley, 32, are charged with murdering their daughter by giving her too much clonidine, an adult drug prescribed by some doctors for children as a sedative.
In court yesterday. defense lawyers John Darrell and Michael Bourbeau continued to attack Dr. Dr. Kayoko Kifuji, the psychiatrist who made the diagnosis and prescribed medicines for Rebecca.
The Rileys have been held without bail since their arrest on Feb. 5. Judge Carol Ball has agreed to a request by Carolyn Riley’s lawyer to transfer her the the Nashua Street Jail in Boston on claims that she has been mistreated by inmates and guards at Framingham State Prison.
The case was continued until April 25.