Woman Held Against Will in Psych Ward Is Freed
Christina Schumacher was there 5 weeks after husband murdered their son
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2014 10:55 AM CST

(Newser) – A judge in Vermont has ordered that a grieving mother held against her will in a psychiatric hospital for more than five weeks can go free, reports the Burlington Free Press. The case of Christina Schumacher, 48, made national headlines given the circumstances: Her estranged husband committed suicide after killing their teenage son, and doctors determined that Schumacher needed to be hospitalized for her own good. The judge disagreed, saying he could find no "clear and convincing evidence" the doctors were right.

Schumacher, who earlier this week complained that she and her insurer were getting billed for her unwanted treatment, tells the Free Press that she's thinking of becoming a lawyer to help make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. Her husband was a former National Guardsman, reports WCAX. He and Schumacher separated last summer after she sought court protection from domestic abuse.

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Jan 27, 2014 11:23 AM CST
They should be charged with kidnapping.
Jan 25, 2014 6:04 PM CST
This whole despicable charade can be summed up in one sentence... ..... "Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, whose office was arguing for Schumacher’s continued hospitalization,......."
Jan 25, 2014 3:36 PM CST
Hell, i'd sue over that one.