A Florida woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the Church of Scientology for her son’s suicide, according to The St. Petersburg Times. The unnamed mother contends that her son shot himself because the Church denied him antidepressants.
According to United Press International:
“The lawsuit filed in Tampa, Fla., contends that 20-year-old Kyle Brennan shot himself in 2007 while with his Scientologist father, who allegedly took away Brennan's medication and tried to put him into a church-oriented drug treatment program.”
The victim himself was not a Scientologist, the story says, but his father allegedly locked away his medication at the request of Church members. Church officials have denied responsibility in the young man’s death, saying the defendants weren't Scientology leaders and the incidents all took place off church property.
Police have released more than 200 pages of documents from the investigation, and have not concluded that the Church of Scientology was responsible for Brennan’s death. According to police, Brennan had been neglecting his medication for quite some time, although the mother’s lawyer contends that Brennan took the medication as needed.
The Times reports that prior to his death, Brennan suffered from depression, anxiety and early signs of schizophrenia. He had been prescribed the pills by his psychiatrist after exhibiting paranoid behaviors, and on the day of his death he left two suicide notes claiming people had failed him.
The court case is still ongoing.
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