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Psychiatric tests OK'd for accused Peabody police officer

Psychiatric tests OK'd for accused Peabody police officer
By John Ellement, Globe Staff | December 3, 2004

PEABODY -- A dangerousness hearing for a Peabody police officer accused of beating his 73-year-old mother Thanksgiving Day was postponed yesterday, and a judge agreed that George Sideris could undergo private psychiatric tests before he returns to court Dec. 23.

Sideris, 33, is accused of hitting his disabled mother, Melpomeni Sideris, in the back and right shoulder at their Ellsworth Road home, according to court records. Found unconscious by rescue personnel after Sideris called 911, the woman was rushed to Salem Hospital in a coma. Her condition has since improved.

Peabody District Court Judge Santo J. Ruma delayed the hearing at the request of defense lawyer Edward J. O'Reilly and overruled the objections of prosecutors to allow Sideris to be evaluated by a private psychiatrist while he is held without bail at the Essex County Jail in Middleton. Sideris is under suicide watch at the jail, said Paul Fleming, spokesman for Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr.

According to court records, the Thanksgiving Day attack was the latest in a series of violent acts Sideris committed against his mother. Last March, Sideris told police in a written statement, he slapped and kicked his mother, injuring her to the point where she had to be hospitalized. The name of the hospital where Melpomeni Sideris was treated was not disclosed in court records.

If any of the medical personnel who treated the woman suspected that she was a victim of abuse, no one reported it to the state's Executive Office of Elder Affairs, as required under the state's mandatory abuse reporting law, said Je'Lesia M. Jones, spokeswoman for the agency.

''Nobody reported anything to us and, obviously, we can't know about these situations unless someone lets us know," Jones said. ''Mandated reporters should have contacted us."

Jones said her agency was alerted after Sideris's arrest last week and it is monitoring the case.

Steven O'Connell, spokesman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said prosecutors were not alerted to the March incident and had no contact with the Sideris family before last week.

Sideris also confessed to punching his mother in the forehead Nov. 19. He also admitted slapping his mother in the face and punching her in the back before Thanksgiving Day.

In court yesterday, Sideris appeared to be in ''kind of a fog" during his brief appearance, said Manuel J. Costa, who was among 11 Peabody police officers standing in the rear of the courtroom. Costa described Sideris as a ''caring" and ''even-keeled" officer who seemed to be devoted to his mother.

John Ellement can be reached at [email protected].

漏 Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.
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As a phalanx of off-duty Peabody police officers lined the back of the courtroom in a show of support- a presence that even led Ruma to question why they were there - Sideris was led into the courtroom in handcuffs.
Why :shock: :?: Brotherly love only runs so deep, this is not some petty bullshit charge, he beat his mother into a coma and admitted to same as well as indicating that it was not the first time he had put her in the hospital.
 

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Re: New details emerge in elder-abuse case against Peabody c

Moved..... Dunno why was in equipment???
 
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