Doctor is sued in death of girl, 4 – Her psychiatrist treated her with powerful drugs

Boston Globe

By Shelley Murphy

The parents of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley are awaiting trial on charges that they killed her in December 2006 with an overdose of psychiatric drugs.

A medical malpractice suit filed yesterday asserts that a Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist who diagnosed the girl as bipolar when she was 28 months old and then treated her for two years with a regimen of powerful drugs is to blame for her death.

“This child was subject to mostly telephone prescriptions and a slipshod diagnosis,” said Boston lawyer Andrew C. Meyer Jr., who represents Rebecca Riley’s estate and filed the suit against Dr. Kayoko Kifuji in Suffolk Superior Court.

Six weeks before Rebecca Riley was found dead on Dec. 13, 2006, in a Hull house shared by her parents and other relatives, a nurse at her Weymouth preschool warned Kifuji that she suspected the child was overmedicated because she was often too tired to participate in school activities and appeared like a “floppy doll,” according to Meyer. Kifuji did not reduce her medication after examining the child, he said.

“They made her a 4-year-old zombie,” said Meyer, whose Boston law firm Lubin & Meyer specializes in medical malpractice cases. “We don’t believe that she did suffer from bipolar or that this was the appropriate medication.”…



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11 responses to “Doctor is sued in death of girl, 4 – Her psychiatrist treated her with powerful drugs

  1. PepsiJuror

    I am so sorry to hear about Rebecca. Sure, the parents share a level responsibility for the drugging and over drugging of this little cutie, but the real culprits is her Psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji and the APA.

    Parents go to these charlatans (i.e. Psychiatrists) looking for REAL help. All these Psychiatric scums do is push drugs and suppress symptoms – versus deal with the source and/or causes.

    You ask why millions of people say this? Let’s just completely separate the differences between symptoms & sources/causes of illness. Example: diabetes.

    If you ask a doctor what diabetes is, he’s going give you the cause and/or source of this proven and factual disease, and possibly, perhaps if asked, the symptoms.

    He would say, “In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.”… etc.

    On the other hand, here are some of symptoms that accompany Diabetes.

    Frequent urination, Excessive thirst, Extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability, blurry vision, etc.

    Symptoms are not the disease. Symptoms are signs of something else that is real, not made up, invented or believed to be true.

    Now, on the other hand, if you ask a doctor or psychiatrist what bipolar is, he is going to spout off a whole slew of symptoms devoid of or lacking a credible cause and/or source. Try it some time (listen carefully though).

    From googling many web sites, here is what any given Psychiatrists would respond to what bipolar is: “People who have this illness tend to experience extreme mood swings, along with other specific symptoms and behaviors. These mood swings or “episodes” can take three forms: Manic (increased excitement) episodes, depressive episodes, or “mixed” episodes.”

    On the other hand, here is what you would find if you researched further into the actual causes of Bipolar:

    “The symptoms of bipolar disorder are thought (not proven) to be caused by an imbalance of key chemicals in the brain. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that move a constant stream of information from one to the other. To keep the information flowing, the cells release chemicals known as “neurotransmitters.” Two key neurotransmitters that are needed for brain function are dopamine and serotonin, which play a crucial role in emotional health.

    Many scientists believe (not proven) that when the levels of these neurotransmitters aren’t quite right, it may result in bipolar disorder. For instance, too much dopamine in certain parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as delusions, while too little dopamine in other parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as a lack of emotion and energy.”

    If you ask the same doctor whether dopamine, serotonin and neurotransmitters can be measured by science, you are going to be gravely disappointed.

    The next time you hear someone spout off ridiculous mental disorders like “James has ADD”, or “Mary has Bipolar”, find out what actually these are minus the symptoms. You’re going to find miraculously that somehow the symptoms of these “supposed diseases” have become “The Illness”, lacking any credible evidence of an actual cause or source.

    So, in short, little 4 year old Rebecca died over a supposition and a theory that remains unproven (no blood or forensic test). But, as they admit, the pseudo-science of Psychiatry remains a hit and miss complication of life.

    How many more children will have to die before these charlatans are put behind bars!?!?

  2. I am in Virginia working with a man to increase awareness and educate as a result of the shootings April 16, 2007. He just told me via phone of a 16 yr old who is on 5 medications, for Bipolar which is far too much. But this is what is done: the reason: he told his parents he did not love them!
    Rebecca Riley’s death will lead the fight against medicating children, peroid. I am against it, and this is my cause. I am over joyed to see that a suit has been brought against Dr.Kayoko, in that it begins to serve notice that procedure must be changed. NO 28 month old needs to be on medication, NEVER tested on children. Seroquel, when given to me, made me have horrific nightmares, and when I rose from my bed in the morning, my body bounced off the walls in the hall way, as though I were drunk! When I called repeatly to the Dr, speaking only to his nurse, notes were kept of my urgent calls. The 3rd visit to this new Dr, resulted in me asking him if he’s rather NOT see me, and he said yes, to which I left, and he has joined a state run service.
    They do not care, peroid, and I think the only reason I am alive today, is to help in the cause of bring the truth to the surface.
    The parents in my estimation, should be educated enough to feed their child correctly[Rebecca could have had food algeries] and all measures taken, before any prescription medication was given.
    It could have been her vaccinations. God only knows, but her death was a huge signal to look at everything, and so we begin.
    This one’s for you Rebecca, you will make law, I’m sure of it.


  3. I recall a case like this several years ago. Yes, the court DID find the parents GUILTY of murdering their child BECAUSE they OBEYED CPS under THREAT and continued giving the dope to their child.

    The premise of the court was- The parents FAILED their parental duty to ASSERT THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS and refuse to give the drugs.

    Like I have said before- CPS flips a coin that’s tails on both sides. CPS and the psycho “Doctor” skates free as a vulture. And so does the tyrannical judge.

    CPS has even killed kids in state custody and BLAMED THE PARENTS for it.

    This entire Organized Crime Ring of colluders are EVIL beyond imagination.

    CPS- The Hero of FOOLS

    Leonard Henderson, Co-Founder
    American Family Rights Association
    Promoting the Fundamental Liberty Rights & Privileges of Families

    Have you checked AFRA News Lately?
    For the Family©

  4. I wonder if Doctor Kayoto Kifuji was receiving any benifits from pharmacutical companies. That might explain the diagnosis. If she knew the child’s parents were increasing the child’s doses shouldn’t she have called her superiors or child services? But why would you put a two half year old on drugs? Two drugs sounds insane. Did she die from more then 2 prescription drugs?

  5. As a nurse, I’m appalled at these cases. They are mounting every day like a flu epidemic, leaving tragedy in it’s path. I’m ashamed a nurse did not intervene in this families life and do what our Nurses Code of Ethics dictate to us, to protect our patients from harmful practices. My group of nurses hope the psychiatrist and any other medical personnel involved in Rebecca’s case is removed for practicing as they have violated this little girls dignity as a human being and her right to live. Nurses for Human Rights supports this webblog’s efforts to bring light to this subject.

  6. Larry Bone

    The real tragedy of Rebecca Riley’s death is that pseudo medical psychiatric research professors write bogus research on the made up disease that so horrible almost life threatening that the powerful drugs prescribed ACTUALLY ARE LIFE THREATENING and a child dies these research authorities lie to the parents claiming the disease was more threatening than the cure!

  7. Jim H

    Rebecca Riley’s death lays at the feet of “psychiatric industrial complex” ) PIC) .
    The doctor, drug companies and all their many paid allies (Al & Tipper, Bill & Hillary and 1,000’s of others). Including Dr. Kayoko Kifuji.
    And the FDA, who’s staff collect on the Bonanza Bonus, of the revolving door. Who, for all intents and purposes work for the PIC, in approving drugs on the fast track, then pick your pocket (the taxpayer) for billions.

    The cost to America is not only the tragic loss of Rebecca Riley, it filters down and down in untold losses.
    Destroyed families, destroyed lives, a bankrupt health care system and 100’s of billions in lost productivity and taxes collected and ultimately a bankrupt nation.

    Should you care to confront the issue:
    Both parents are on Federal Welfare for life, as a result of “PIC”. Now maybe prison as well.
    Both other children (6 and 11) are on Federal Welfare for life, as a result of “PIC” (one would expect)
    A family of 5 (now 4, less Rebecca ) on meds for life, all on the state and federal tab.
    Add it up. How much is PIC costing you, all based on completely JUNK SCIENCE.

    A two year old on Psychiatric Medication, oh please !

    Rebecca Riley’s death lays at the feet of “psychiatric industrial complex” ) PIC) . Follow the money !

  8. Clarification

    A Harvard doctor’s research promotes the drugging of little kids as young as two and a half by claiming very broad very general symptoms. New England child psychiatrists use this research pseudo-science as the basis for prescribing dangerous drugs to these little kids. University professors who promote dangerous prescription practices should be held responsible otherwise what led to Rebecca Riley’s death will just continue. Her psychiatrist will just get a slap on the wrist and it could easily happen all over again.

  9. We really need more detox and rehabs that can help people get off these dangerous psychiatric drugs.

  10. There is more on the background for this Rebecca Riley Case in a video interview with Attorney Andrew C. Meyer Jr. click on it to view on YouTube.

    If embedded link does not work here, you can cut and paste link:

  11. These irresponsible doctors should be sued, who gave such a powerful drug to 4 year old child.

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