Doctor escape criminal charges over the death of Rebecca Riley

Rebecca RileyGrand Jury relieved psychiatrist from criminal prosecution over the death of 4 years old girl Rebecca Riley.

Rebecca Riley, who died of an overdose of psychiatric drugs, was under the treatment of Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center. Kifuji had treated the Hull girl for bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder since she was 2.

Rebecca died on Dec. 13, 2006, science then  Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center had to faced  several hurdles in this connection. Soon after Rebecca died, the Board of Registration in Medicine began an investigation, and Kifuji voluntarily suspended her practice.

Dr. Kifuji also faces a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the administrator of the girl’s estate, where she was mainly accused of poor oversight of the girl’s medications and ignoring reports from Rebecca’s school that she often seemed overly drugged and too tired.

Kifuji’s lawyers have assured that she was a compassionate clinician who would never go beyond safe dosages of required medications.

According to Kifuji it was the girl’s parents who killed their child by dispensing the fatal levels of drugs. Michael and Carolyn Riley face murder charges for what prosecutors say was a pattern of over-medicating their daughter in an effort to sedate her.

Source: boston.com

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