Scientology-obsessed mom accidentally drowns daughter

A demented mum accidentally drowned her disabled daughter in the bath – then drowned herself, an inquest heard.

Judith Richmond, 41, was having a mental breakdown when she tried to “heal” nine-year-old Millie of cerebral palsy by plunging her in the water.

The top florist, whose clients included royalty and pop stars, had bi-polar disorder and became obsessed with Scientology.

She was convinced Millie and the whole world had metal poisoning.

– Source / Full Story: Inquest told Florist Judith Richmond accidentally drowned her disabled daughter in bath , Richard Smith, Mirror, Dec. 12, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The florist, who had also worked for rock band Pink Floyd, had become convinced that Millie’s condition had been caused by exposure to metals.

She had also told neighbours her daughter had autism, not cerebral palsy, and became convinced that Prof Stephen Hawking was also poisoned by metal.

A consultant psychiatrist told the hearing that Mrs Richmond was probably suffering from a manic bi-polar disorder at the time of the tragedy.

The court, in Cirencester, heard that Millie Whitehead-Richmond had died when her mother was trying to give her an ‘experimental’ healing bath and massage.

– Source / Full Story: Florist Judith Richmond drowned daughter in bath , BBC, Dec. 8, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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