January 23, 2018
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Ex-Bangor mom who starved daughter drops request to be freed from supervision

The Associated Press
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Tonia Kigas Porter

BANGOR, Maine — A woman who starved her 5-year-old daughter to death in 1993 in Bangor, Maine, has dropped her request to be freed from state supervision.

Tonia Kigas Porter, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was committed to a state psychiatric hospital in 1995. Since 2010, she has lived in an apartment in Augusta, unsupervised except for monthly visits by state mental health workers.

She went before a judge in Kennebec County a week ago to request to be released from all supervision.

WABI-TV reported Friday that a court clerk confirmed that she’s withdrawn the request.

State officials told the judge that Porter is committed to taking her medication, but they can’t guarantee it if she’s not checked in on.


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