- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Email records indicate the Dallas County district attorney’s absence from office as she battled a debilitating episode of depression was longer than initially thought.

The work emails of District Attorney Susan Hawk obtained by The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1iXGtxZ ) indicate her leave of absence began in July. A representative had previously said her break began in early August.

Hawk said in a statement Aug. 25 that she was suffering from depression and would take an additional four weeks of leave. She released the statement in response to growing questions about her initially unexplained absence.

Hawk is scheduled to return Tuesday. She will have missed more than seven weeks of work after taking office in January.

Hawk has previously acknowledged getting a doctor’s help in weaning herself from medication for back pain in 2013.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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