STAMFORD — The infant girl strapped in a car seat while her mother led authorities on a highly publicized chase from the White House to near the Capitol before being shot to death, is at the center of an ongoing custody dispute making its way through family court in Stamford.
Judge Jane Emons is overseeing the case and ordered both the father of 15-month-old Erica Francis and the family of her mother, Miriam Carey, formerly of Stamford, to be \”extraordinarily reasonable\” to work out some kind of visitation agreement.
Carey, 34, lived at Stamford\’s Woodside Green condominium complex, before taking her baby on a 250-mile trip to Washington on Oct. 3. Carey drove to the White House and tried to drive through a checkpoint barrier and then led authorities with several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase that ended with her being shot to death.
Carey\’s family said she suffered from postpartum depression and psychosis following the birth of her daughter and police records indicate a decline in her mental health over four incidents in late 2012. Carey, a former dental hygienist, reported to police in Nov. 2012 that she believed people were outside her front and back windows trying to videotape her and then eleven days later police were called again to her apartment where she claimed to be the \”Prophet of Stamford\” and said President Barack Obama had put the entire state on a security lockdown after talking to her. She said the president had put her condo under electronic surveillance and that it was being fed live to all the national news outlets, the report said.
Emons told Carey\’s sister Valarie Carey and her mother Idella Carey, who was sitting next to her at Wednesday\’s hearing, that Erica could not leave Connecticut with anyone but her father. She also said that any visits that may occur before the return to family court on Dec. 18 must be supervised.
Emons said that the state Department of Children and Families has been notified of the situation for protective purposes.
Picking up Valarie Carey\’s disappointment with her decision, Emons asked Carey what was wrong.
Carey said that her mother is accustomed to seeing the child and the situation has become very distressing to her.
Emons said she understood, but with the death of her sister, the situation with her niece has \”changed rather dramatically,\” and she assured Carey that she was doing everything possible to make those visits with the Carey family happen again.
Emons told Francis or Carey to come and see her on any weekday if she could reasonably help them work out an agreement.