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Court backs state in Riley case
Prosecution motion relates to ‘60 Minutes’ interview

BROCKTON - A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled in favor of the state’s motion to preserve materials related to an interview with murder suspect Carolyn Riley that aired on the news program “60 Minutes” last month.

Riley, 31, and her husband, Michael Riley, 34, of Hull, have been held without bail since they were arrested on Feb. 5, charged with the murder of their 4-year-old daughter, Rebecca. Police found Rebecca on Dec. 13, lying on the floor of the Rileys’ rented Hull home.

Michael and Carolyn Riley appeared before Judge Joseph M. Walker III on Thursday for motions hearings.

In the televised interview, Carolyn Riley told Katie Couric that she believes Rebecca was the victim of a misdiagnosis and that her daughter did not suffer from bipolar disorder, the condition for which the medication that killed her was prescribed.

The interview was part of a program that discussed “the phenomenon of increased diagnoses of bipolar disorder in very young children.”

A CBS spokesman said the interview with Carolyn Riley was conducted in April at the Suffolk County jail before a Superior Court judge forbade parties in the case to speak to the media.

Carolyn and Michael Riley are scheduled to return to court for more motions hearings on Oct. 26.