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Capitol Suspect's Mental State in Question

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) -- There is new information on the woman who rammed a barricade at the White House, and then led capitol police on a wild chase.

Officers say she made delusional comments about conversations in her head with President Obama.  Danielle Nottingham has the latest from the capitol.

Law enforcement sources tell CBS News, 9 months before Miriam Carey rammed her car into a White House Barricade, she told Connecticut police President Obama had put her home under electronic surveillance, and that she was communicating with him.

Carey told police she was a prophet, and predicted the president would put the city of Stamford under a lock down.

Carey was not armed when she led police on a high speed chase from the White House to the Capitol.  Her one year old daughter was in the back seat.  Police say they opened fire on Carey because she was using her car as a weapon.  Her daughter is now in protective custody.

Investigators believe Carey drove straight here to the White House from her home in Stamford Thursday.  But why she made the 4 and a half hour trip with her daughter is still unclear.

Dr. Brian Evans, a Periodontist in Hamden, Connecticut, said Carey worked as a hygienist in his office for about two years before she was fired last year.

"Sometimes it just doesn't work out.  There was nothing unusual about her leaving our office."

Sources tell CBS News Carey had fallen and hit her head last year, and afterwards, her behavior changed.  Relatives and friends suggest she was battling depression.
 

 

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