Suicidal Couple "Intent on Doing Harm" to Special-Needs Son: Police

By Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 7:43 PM EDT
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Suicidal Pair "Intent on Doing Harm" to Disabled Son: Police

Hartford Police Department

Debra and Patrick Gaffey, of Adams, Mass., were arrested in Hartford today. Police say they were suicidal and intended to harm their 20-year-old special needs son.

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A reportedly suicidal couple from Massachusetts is facing charges after driving to the Hartford area with their 20-year-old special needs son in tow.

A Massachusetts husband and wife who authorities say were suicidal are facing charges after driving to Hartford with the intention of hurting themselves and their 20-year-old special needs son, according to police.

Mass. State Police alerted the Hartford Police Department after learning that Patrick and Debra Gaffey of Adams, Mass., had headed to Connecticut and “were intent on doing harm to their child,” said Hartford police spokesman Lt. Brian Foley. The couple was apparently suicidal, and Patrick Gaffey was wanted in Massachusetts.

After a citywide search, the Gaffeys were found around 2 p.m. Wednesday near 10 Campfield Avenue in Hartford. They were driving a stolen van and carrying heroin, police said. Their son was still with them and was unharmed.

Both Patrick and Debra Gaffey were taken into police custody.

Patrick Gaffey, 45, was charged with third-degree larceny, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of a school. He was also charged on an outstanding Massachusetts warrant as a fugitive from justice. Police said the charges served by that warrant include breaking and entering a building with the intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property and larceny.

The circumstances surrounding Patrick Gaffey’s Massachusetts warrant are unclear.

Debra Gaffey, 41, was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1500 feet of a school.

The couple’s son was taken to Hartford Hospital for an evaluation and will be transferred to the custody of the Mass. Dept. of Children and Family Services.

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