Multiple personalities alleged in slaying

March 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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MILWAUKEE, March 9 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman accused of cutting a fetus from the womb of a pregnant 23-year-old suffers from multiple personality disorder, defense attorneys said.

Attorneys for Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 34, have asked a judge to accept a 57-page draft report on a new mental exam given to Morales-Rodriguez that said the defendant suffered sexual abuse and abandonment as a child, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Friday.

In order to block out the abuse, Morales-Rodriguez developed a second personality, the report by Anne Speckhard, an adjunct professor Georgetown University Medical School, said.

Morales-Rodriguez is on trial in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths in October of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her unborn son. She has claimed insanity, the newspaper said.

A state psychiatrist who examined Morales-Rodriguez in December concluded she did not suffer from a mental disease or defect.

In court on Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams questioned the qualifications of the Speckhard report. Williams said Speckhard's doctorate is in family social science and federal judges in Wisconsin have declined to recognize her as an expert in two other cases.

Speckhard served on the defense team for Lorena Bobbitt, found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1994 after cutting off her husband's penis.

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