McCarron Out On Bail After Pleading Not Guilty In Daughter's
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 13, 2006
PEKIN, ILLINOIS--Dr. Karen McCarron's family posted $100,000 bond Friday, allowing the suspected murderer to leave the Tazewell County Jail.
The day before her release, the pathologist pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of obstructing justice and one count of concealment of a homicidal death related to the May 13 suffocation death of her three-year-old daughter Katherine.
Under the conditions of her release, McCarron must wear an electronic monitoring device that will be monitored by the county's probation department. She also is not allowed to have any contact with her two-year-old daughter, Emily.
McCarron's parents told the Peoria Journal Star that she needs mental health treatment that the jail cannot provide.
Police have emphasized that she at no time has appeared irrational or incompetent.
Authorities claim McCarron admitted using a trash bag to suffocate Katie, who had autism, to "end her pain and her daughter's pain". McCarron reportedly told police that she then took her daughter's dead body from the scene of the crime to her own house, and arranged it in bed to make it look as if the girl were napping. Then McCarron disposed of the trash bag at a local convenience store.
Investigators had believed her story that her daughter had stopped breathing in her own bed, until the day after Katie's death when they responded to a report that McCarron had tried to overdose on Tylenol.
McCarron's father-in-law has said that the killing had nothing to do with autism, noting that Katie had been reunited her mother for just 10 days after spending several months with her father and grandparents in North Carolina.
McCarron's husband filed for divorce on May 24, citing "extreme and repeated mental cruelty". He is asking for full custody of Emily.
If convicted of the charges, Dr. McCarron could face a sentence of up to 100 years in prison. She is expected back in court at the end of this week.
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