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Merrimack Valley

December 21, 2012

Parents seek info on daughter's death


The official “also said that because the report was about to be issued, he wanted to delay sending out invitations to the symposium so that it would not be affected by the negative reactions which he expected the report would cause,” Flynn said in her affidavit, filed in Middlesex Superior Court.

Later, during the Dec. 4 symposium at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Flynn spoke to Department of Mental Health commissioner Marcia Fowler and asked her about the report, she said.

“She said that it was out of her hands and that she did not know when it would be released,” Flynn said in the affidavit.

Flynn said in the affidavit that during the same conference, she spoke to Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, who told her she also did not know when the report would be released.

During a deposition in the civil case, lawyer John Regan questioned the Department of Mental Health area director for the metropolitan Boston area, who had been designated by the Department of Mental Health to answer questions on behalf of the agency by its general counsel.

During the deposition, the official was asked about the report. Amid a series of objections by the attorney for the department, who argued that it was confidential and privileged, the area director testified that she had seen the report but could not remember its contents.

She also said she did not know why it has not been released.

Anna Chinappi, a spokeswoman for the Department of Mental Health, acknowledged that there is a report, but said it is not complete.

“The report is in progress, and at this time we do not have a time frame for its completion,” Chinappi said.

Chinappi responded to suggestions that the report was being withheld because of recent controversies at the Department of Public Health, saying the two agencies are separate entities.

Both are within the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Feinstein said Moulton’s parents “are looking for one day of peace, and some answers.”

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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