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Woman Who Says She Took Orders From Teddy Bear Acquitted Of Attempted Murder

January 23, 1991

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A woman who told psychiatrists her teddy bear ordered her to kill her three sons has been acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

Doris Triplett, 31, had been charged with one count of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated assault and child endangerment. Prosecutors say she tried to kill her youngest son, 7, by slashing his throat and her older sons, aged 10 and 14, by giving them overdoses of pills and cold medicine.

She tried to kill herself after the April 24 attack on her youngest son, authorities said.

Superior Court Judge Leon A. Wingate on Tuesday ruled that the woman was innocent of the crimes by reason of insanity. He scheduled a Feb. 8 hearing to determine what treatment will be ordered.

Both the defense and prosecutors presented reports from psychiatrists indicating Triplett was insane at the time of the attacks.

″She thought her teddy bear was telling her what to do,″ said defense lawyer James H. Klein. ″She thought she was commanded to kill.″

The boys are living with relatives.

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