Woman freed from institution
WARREN – A former Leavittsburg woman who was found insane at the time she stabbed her grandmother who she thought was a vampire, has been freed from a behavioral health care institution.
Crystal Goodrich, 32, who now lives in Newton Falls, attended Friday’s required hearing before Judge Peter Kontos.
The hearing was scheduled as a six-month review of Goodrich’s conditional release and treatment at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon.
Goodrich’s attorney, Roger Bauer, pointed out his client now lives off the grounds of the facility, but her case must be reviewed again in two years. She still must report to the court any new change of address and continue weekly appointments with her case manager and psychiatric nurse, weekly to bi-weekly appointments with her psychotherapist and monthly appointments with her psychiatrist.
A study says Goodrich has made an excellent transition into the community. She is residing with her grandfather and wants to live with her boyfriend.
She sees her her two children, ages 9 and 11, and her bipolar disorder is controlled by medication. Goodrich, who abused alcohol and drugs earlier, must continue to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Bauer and assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker stipulated to the most recent examination by Vincent Arduin, her forensic monitor, who approves of the less restrictive move.
Goodrich was placed on the mid-range restrictive level when she was sentenced to Heartland May 24, 2010, after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was later granted community passes before being granted the conditional release last March.
She also was found competent to stand trial.
Goodrich was accused of stabbing her grandmother in June 2009. She originally pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and kidnapping before changing the plea to insanity. She had been held in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
Goodrich admitted having dreams of vampires and green snakes, Becker and Newton Falls police said.
She held her grandmother, Ruth Jenkins, 81, at knifepoint for nearly six hours at Jenkins’ apartment in Newton Village Commons senior community, police said. When Goodrich’s mother walked in on her for a visit, Goodrich started stabbing her grandmother.
Jenkins eventually recovered from two punctures to the chest and one to the arm.
Arresting officers confiscated a knife and sheath, plus a stick that Goodrich called a ”vampire stick” that was stuck in her boot.