The Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist who diagnosed Rebecca Riley and prescribed her drugs was assailed by both sides during Thursday’s closing arguments.
On matters of guilt and innocence, prosecutors and defense attorneys seldom agree, but both sides in Michael Riley’s murder trial had no argument about Dr. Kayoko Kifuji.
During Thursday’s closing arguments they assailed the Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist who diagnosed 4-year-old Rebecca Riley with mental disorders and prescribed the drug eventually used to kill her.
Prosecutor Frank Middleton called her “a quack.” Defense attorney John Darrell told the jury she’s “the most irresponsible doctor you may ever hear from in your entire life.”
They did disagree on Kifuji’s responsibility. Middleton said she was “this man’s (Michael’s) quack,” while Darrell said Michael and his wife, Carolyn Riley, followed Kifuji’s instructions for the clonidine, Depakote and Seroquel she prescribed all three of their children.
“What would have saved her (Rebecca) is if Dr. Kifuji had stayed in Japan,” Darrell said, referring to her native country.
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