Psychiatrist Who Killed Son Left Suicide Note

Monday, Aug 8, 2011  |  Updated 1:57 PM EDT
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Psychiatrist Who Killed Son Left Suicide Note

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A Maryland psychiatrist who killed her son and then herself left behind a suicide note that talked about mounting debt and conflicts with her child's school district.

The bodies of Margaret Jensvold and her 13-year-old son, Ben Barnhard, were found last Tuesday inside their home in Kensington, an upper-middle class Washington suburb.

One of Jensvold's sisters, Susan Slaughter, told The Associated Press that Jensvold left a note saying she "can't deal with school system" and that "debt is bleeding me."

Jensvold's family says she was upset that the Montgomery County public school system would not pay tuition costs so her son, who had an autism-spectrum disorder, could go to a private school.

Jensvold also said in the note that she thought Ben would be permanently traumatized by his mother's suicide.

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