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Carol Carr (born 1939) is an American woman from the state of Georgia who became the center of a widely-publicized debate over euthanasia when she killed her adult sons because they were suffering from Huntington's disease.[1][2]

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Killing and trial

Huntington's disease first appeared in the mother of Carr's husband. She passed it to a daughter who died from it, a son who committed suicide when he learned that he had it, and Carol's husband, Hoyt Scott. Eventually the disease left Hoyt, a factory worker, unable to move, swallow, talk or think. He died in 1995. By then Carol's oldest sons, Randy and Andy, both had the disease. On June 8, 2002, Carr killed both men in the room they shared at a Georgia nursing home.[3]

Carr pleaded guilty to assisted suicide and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. After serving 21 months, she was released on parole in 2004. The parole board mandated that if Carr's surviving son, James, should become ill with Huntington's Disease, she will be prohibited from serving as his primary caregiver. They also stipulated that Carr must receive mental-health counseling during her period of supervision.[4]

Opinion and reaction

Many in Carr's hometown came to her defense.[5] Brown University Professor Jacob Appel was among those most publicly and vocally critical of the case against Carr. He described Spalding County District Attorney Bill McBroom's decision to prosecute as a decision that "raises both ignorance and cruelty to new heights."[6]

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References

  1. ^ Rimer, Sarah. A Deadly Disease Destroys Patients and Families, June 24, 2002
  2. ^ "Life, be not too proud ; A caregiver's final act of motherly love," Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2002.
  3. ^ Gettelman, Jeffrey. 'Motherly Love' Cited in Sons' Deaths, Los Angeles Times Page A12
  4. ^ Mother convicted in mercy killings is granted parole, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 4th, 2004
  5. ^ Robertson, Tatsha. "A Mother's Deadly Choice: Killing of Ailing Sons Tests a Georgia Town." Boston Globe, August 3, 2002.
  6. ^ Appel, Jacob. "How freeing Carol Carr will save your death," Brown Daily Herald, Feb. 7, 2003
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