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Killer Blames Medication For Son's Murder
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 16, 2006

LONDON, ONTARIO--David Carmichael has told a local newspaper that he is sorry for drugging and strangling his 11-year-old son, Ian, and that he misses the boy.

Carmichael, 48, called the London Free Press from the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital, a minimum-security mental health facility where he has been housed since he was acquitted of first-degree murder last September.

Carmichael has maintained that he was severely depressed when he decided to kill his son and that he believed that the boy's epileptic seizures would cause him to develop more severe disabilities and become violent. Carmichael told police he was saving his son from a "living hell" and his family from potential assaults by the child.

Carmichael killed Ian while on a road trip on July 31, 2004 -- several months after the boy began taking medication that effectively controlled his seizures. An autopsy later revealed that Ian had mild epilepsy, but no other disabilities or medical conditions when he died.

As in many other cases where a parent has killed a child because of a disability, family members and friends called Carmichael a "devoted" father, who "doted" on his son.

The case had been compared to similar cases, arguably the best known of which is that of Robert Latimer, who in 1993 gassed to death his daughter, Tracy. Latimer admitted killing the 12-year-old to spare her the pain of her cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. He is serving a mandatory 10 years of a life sentence after being convicted of 2nd degree murder in the crime.

Carmichael continues to blame his actions on the anti-depressant Paxil, which he took without a current prescription from his doctor. He told the Free Press he is speaking out now to spare others of the stigma of mental illness.

"Killer dad breaks silence" (London Free Press)
"Killing Ian became an obsession -- a 'mission'" (London Free Press)


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