Wisconsin, USA: Woman Charged with Cutting Fetus from Mother has Dissociative Identity Disorder

Milwaukee woman charged with cutting fetus from mother has multiple personality disorder, report says

By Bruce Vielmetti
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE -” The woman charged with cutting the late-term fetus from a young mother, with hopes of passing the baby off as her own, suffers from a multiple personality disorder, according to the report of a new mental exam.

The 57-page report released Thursday concludes that Annette Morales-Rodriguez suffered horrific sexual abuse and abandonment as a child and has adopted extremely dissociative behavior to block it out. The truth only emerged during 13 hours of interviews in which her alter-ego, “Lara,” emerged, according to the report….

“Whether it ever becomes evidence, Speckhard’s report offers fascinating reading about a condition – dissociative disorder disease*, or DID – believed to exist in less than 1 percent of people.

According to the report, in the first several hours of an interview at the jail, Morales-Rodriguez spoke of a fairly happy, normal childhood. But eventually, Speckhard noticed that when the conversation turned to the facts of the case or other trauma, Morales-Rodriguez’s eyes would roll up and her eyelids would flutter rapidly, as “Lara” would emerge.

Retrieved 03/09/12. http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin/ci_20134741/milwaukee-woman-charged-cutting-fetus-from-mother-has

*the disorder is actually called: dissociative identity disorder (DID) often referred to as multiple personalities

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  1. Article Summary: Psychiatric Symptoms and Dissociation in Conversion, Somatization, and Dissociative Disorders « Thinking Outside the Box

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