Woman in US Capitol chase was 'depressed'

2013-10-04 11:02
Police barricades stand outside the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in Stamford. (File, AP)

Police barricades stand outside the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in Stamford. (File, AP)

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New York - The mother of a woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House says her daughter had post-partum depression.

Authorities say the woman set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown on Thursday. Two law enforcement officials identified the driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Connecticut.

She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Carey's mother, Idella Carey, tells ABC News her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after having her daughter, Erica, last August. "She was depressed," Idella Carey says.

The mother says her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington, DC.

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