Prozac Made Teen Kill 9-Year-Old: Doctor
Alyssa Bustamante admitted to murder in her diary
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2012 7:02 PM CST
This undated 2009 file photo provided by the Cole County, Mo., Sheriff's Department shows Elizabeth Olten.   (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff's Department, File)

(Newser) – A Prozac prescription may have led a teenager to murder a 9-year-old Missouri girl and describe it as "ahmazing," the News Tribune reports. Testifying today at the trial of Alyssa Bustamante—who has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder—defense witness Dr. Edwin Johnstone said that Prozac "needs to be prescribed in a very careful way." He noted reports that showed "an abundance of suicides and violent events, including homicides" among Prozac users, particularly younger ones.

Bustamante's dosage peaked just two weeks before she killed little Elizabeth Olten east of Jefferson City, Johnstone added. But the prosecution noted that the FDA has found no evidence of Prozac making people homicidal. Key to the trial is Bustamante's private journal, where she wrote that "I just f—cking killed someone." She called it "ahmazing" and a "pretty enjoyable" experience," the AP reports. Olten's mother, weeping on the stand, said that "from what she has written, stabbing my little girl eight times, she is not a child, she is a monster."

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Feb 7, 2012 5:39 AM CST
Reminds me of the case where a guy tried to claim that eating too many Twinkies made him kill someone. That didn't work either.
Feb 6, 2012 11:41 PM CST
I tried zoloft many years ago. By the end of the first week I was having violent, technicolor nightmares. Every night. During the day, I was jittery, shaky and unreasonably angry. I wanted to pick up a ball bat and kill my noisy next door neighbor. Seriously. I had visions of doing it, and it fed my anger even more! Told my doctor I was pulling myself off of zoloft. He tried to talk me out of it, saying I need a month for my body to adjust. Told him my child would not be alive in a month. Neither would my neighbor. When general practitioners spoon mind altering drugs into adolescent brains we are bound to have some unexpected and serious side effects---why don't we listen when people report these problems? Many teens have no idea how to discern if the pill they are taking is causing a bad reaction. Others complain, but are forced to take the pills by school or parents. This is a very real and chemically induced psychosis, in the same way that postpartum psychosis is real and hormonally induced. If you have not had this reaction to a chemical, consider yourself lucky, but be a bit slower to judge those who have.
Feb 6, 2012 11:19 PM CST
Throw away this girl and let that be the end of her. 100 years no parole, end of story.