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Police: Conn. woman in chase had Obama delusions

HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman who was shot to death after a car chase outside the U.S. Capitol this month had delusions that government cameras kept her under constant surveillance, and her boyfriend contacted police several times to express concerns about the safety of their daughter, according to records released Thursday.

Miriam Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to her Stamford apartment Dec. 10 that President Barack Obama communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.

"She stated that President Obama put Stamford in lockdown after speaking to her because she is the Prophet of Stamford," a police report said.

Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her death. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car but escaped serious injury.

The police visit Dec. 10 followed a call from Carey's boyfriend, Eric Francis, who said he was afraid for their daughter's safety because Carey wasn't speaking rationally and had taken the girl outside in the cold and rain wearing only pajamas. Police said Carey struggled with officers and was taken away in handcuffs.

Later that month, Francis called police twice in one night saying Carey was acting irrationally and having delusions. Officers who responded said milk was spattered around the apartment and Carey was acting violently, saying she refused to go to the hospital. They said Carey tried to kick an officer and was taken to an emergency room for an evaluation.

Police: Conn. woman in chase had Obama delusions 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:54pm]
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