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6 months after insanity plea accepted in son's beheading, father back at state mental hospital


THIBODAUX, Louisiana — Six months after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the beheading of his disabled 7-year-old son, 33-year-old Jeremiah Wright is back in Louisiana's forensic mental hospital.

Sheriff's spokesman Brennan Matherne tells The Daily Comet ( ) that Wright was moved Aug. 25 from the Lafourche Parish jail to East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson.

He had been jailed since Feb. 14, when District Judge John LeBlanc made the insanity ruling.

State health spokesman Ken Pastorick said all 355 beds in the hospital had been full.

Doctors who evaluated Wright said he could not tell right from wrong because a mental disorder made him think his son had been replaced by a CPR dummy. The boy, named Jori Lirette, had little speech and was fed through a tube.

Information from: Daily Comet,

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