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Mother describes son's 'psychotic break' in court documents
By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
Catherine Clark described the struggles her son had with addiction and mental illness when she obtained a restraining order against him from Quincy District Court on Jan. 20.
In an affidavit, she wrote that her son, James McGuire Clark, took her car and credit card without her permission on Jan. 6 and bought a high-powered air rifle.
"We've been having trouble with his mental stability and alcoholism for three years, and when I was notified of the charge on my card, I arranged for the police to meet me at my home on 12th January,'' she wrote. "James was given a choice between being arrested for felony identity theft or going to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.''
Catherine Clark said that he had the gun in a bag, and the emergency room staff found the pellets. James McGuire Clark was committed to Arbour-Fuller Hospital in Attleboro. Clark said that her therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital, who evaluated her son for a couple of hours last summer, and a social worker at Arbour-Fuller recommended she obtain a restraining order against him because he "is in the midst of a psychotic break, is very angry at me, and has been burning items in my house.''
James McGuire Clark is accused of stabbing his maternal grandmother to death last night in Weston.