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Topic - W. Lawrence Fitch
Montgomery County prosecutors tried to prevent a state psychiatric hospital from releasing a schizophrenic woman, stating she remained a "danger to others and herself because of her mental illness," months before she was charged with stabbing a person Tuesday outside a Target store in Lanham.
"The last one was the first in its history, so this is very disturbing," Mr. Fitch said. "Perkins is reserved for patients with violent histories and violent charges. It's a tough place, but it has a terrific track record, but for these cases."
These two slayings are the only ones to occur at Perkins since it was built in 1959, Mr. Fitch said.