Board to take up cases of patients who attacked mothers

May 12, 2018

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials will review whether two psychiatric patients accused of attacking their mothers but acquitted by reason of insanity should be transferred to less-restrictive treatment facilities.

Gail Litsky and Alec Chattin were committed to the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Middletown following their acquittals. Both mothers survived.

The state Psychiatric Security Review Board will hold mandatory reviews of their commitments Friday. Hospital officials are requesting they be transferred to a neighboring, lower-security treatment center on the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus.

Police say Litsky tortured her 70-year-old mother for more than three hours at her mother’s West Hartford home in 2014. Authorities say Litsky repeatedly struck her, cut her with a knife and choked her.

Officials say Chattin repeatedly stabbed his mother and choked her at their Ledyard home in 2016.

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