Michelle Carter, who was found guilty of encouraging her boyfriend's suicide via text messages, has been moved out of her correctional facility, but it remains unclear where she is.
Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 after text message transcripts revealed she encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to commit suicide. In the disturbing messages, Carter helped her boyfriend plan out his suicide. She aided in the preparations and repeatedly urged him to kill himself.
Following her conviction, Carter was sentenced to a 15-months in prison. She began her jail time in February, and last month an appeal was filed on her behalf with the US Supreme Court. Authorities have announced that she has been moved, but exactly where remains a mystery.
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According to a report by Bristol County Sheriff's Office, Michelle Carter remains in their custody, but she is not currently at a correctional facility in the county. They declined to provide further details about where she is or why she was moved.
When Carter first arrived at the Bristol County House of Correction, she was placed in its medical unit for observation. This is a standard procedure for first-time offenders, and because of her high-profile case, the jail kept a careful watch on her emotional stability.
During her first week in custody, Carter checked a book out of the jail's library and had a visitor. She voluntarily attended some self-help groups with the general population while she was still housed in the medical unit. Later, she was assimilated into the general population, given a bunk in a double-occupant cell and three meals per day.
The Michelle Carter case reminds parents that suicidal thoughts do happen and we need to be aware of the signs. Kids who experience suicidal thoughts rarely express them to their parents. Instead, they are likely to turn to their peers. In this case, that went terribly wrong.
Parents should teach their children to come forward and tell an adult if a friend is talking about suicide.