Specyalski Son's Fatal Overdose Leads...

Specyalski Son's Fatal Overdose Leads To Her Arrest

There are 128 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 20, 2008, titled Specyalski Son's Fatal Overdose Leads To Her Arrest. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A jury in 2004 found Heather Specyalski not guilty of manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, an influential Connecticut businessman, in a 1999 car crash.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Hartford Courant.

First Prev
of 7
Next Last
the Badger

United States

#1 Dec 20, 2008
This is absurd! Kids are sneaky, especially 15 yr old boys. I cannot see where she did anything wrong, except have the lousiest luck in the world. My heart goes out to her in this terrible time.
lep632

United States

#2 Dec 20, 2008
sad but probably not her fault kids do things
ewk

Mansfield Center, CT

#3 Dec 20, 2008
There but for the GRACE of God go I. My sympathy and condolences go out to this lady.
Vt Son

Spring, TX

#4 Dec 20, 2008
This appears to be a waste of time and taxpayer money to send this lady to trial for the actions of her son. I do not know of anyone who keeps their medication and alcohol locked up. Even if she did, her 15 Y O child could/would find a way to get at these items. Let it go.
Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#5 Dec 20, 2008
Her 2004 trial made the state police and the state prosecutors look bad. Payback time. Now they can exact revenge by bankrupting her with the lawyer fees she will spend on her defense. We all know the State of CT has unlimited funds for these vindictive prosecutions.
BlahBlahBlah

AOL

#6 Dec 20, 2008
Grampy wrote:
Her 2004 trial made the state police and the state prosecutors look bad. Payback time. Now they can exact revenge by bankrupting her with the lawyer fees she will spend on her defense. We all know the State of CT has unlimited funds for these vindictive prosecutions.
I agree. Will this be another case of "We have our theories and will twist the facts to fit those theories"? If they had an airtight case, the prosecutors would be singing to the press. However, they are staying quiet. Doesn't sound like much of a case. My deepest sympathies to Ms. Specyalski.
TKay

North Granby, CT

#7 Dec 20, 2008
Grampy got it right
Grampy wrote:
Her 2004 trial made the state police and the state prosecutors look bad. Payback time. Now they can exact revenge by bankrupting her with the lawyer fees she will spend on her defense. We all know the State of CT has unlimited funds for these vindictive prosecutions.
Ann

Florissant, MO

#8 Dec 20, 2008
I have one son and I can tell you there is NOTHING the state can do to this woman that would hurt her at this point. I am sure she is already gone from this place. How truly sad. My heart aches for her.

Since: Jul 08

North Grosvenordale, CT

#9 Dec 20, 2008
Not to be the "bad guy" in here, but I'm glad the state is holding a parent responsible for the actions of their child. Yes, it must be horrifying to lose a child. However, when that is a result of negligence on the part of the parent, then it is necessary to hold them responsible. Too often we fail to see that a parent's actions are reflected in the behavior of their children. While none of us know the specifics in this case, the information in the article leads us to conclude that she was taking powerful medications and that these, mixed with alcohol led to the death of her son.

Yes, teenagers can be sneaky, and should be held responsible for their actions. However, good parents claim responsibility equally, and are willing to to be held accountable when their actions (or lack of) have caused something negative to happen in their child's life. It's unfortunate that her child had to be a victim, but a modicum of responsibility on his and his mother's side would probably have saved his life.
MO from MO

O Fallon, MO

#10 Dec 20, 2008
I agree with all the comments. The good news is that Terry Donovan is this womans attorney. Terry is a pit bull and by her beliefs in her clients innocence justice shall prevail. The end result will be good. Why don't they spare this woman from having to re-live her childs death.
Pazzo

Wallingford, CT

#11 Dec 20, 2008
The Esposito family will not rest until this woman is completely destroyed. You cannot tell me that the Esposito family and their ties to the mob are not moving this forward. Neil Esposito, hammered out of his mind, he was driving and Heather may have been performing an act on him and as a result Neil was killed. Sad for the family, but they cannot let it go. Leave this woman alone and please lets find real news instead of smut.
CT A

Bloomfield, CT

#12 Dec 20, 2008
Do all parents in the state of Connecticut lock up their medications? Have any other parents been arrested for failing to lock up their car keys? Have the psychologists/psychiatrists who inform us regularly that a person determined to commit suicide will find a way all been judged fools? Should we all be required to lock up our knives, in case someone might want to use one to commit suicide?

They failed to lock up an innocent person before, so they're taking another shot?

In a state with violence pervasive in its cities; heroin the cheap drug of choice for even suburban youth; murders which have gone unsolved for decades,(some deliberately not further investigated -anyone remember Barbara Gibbons, mother of Peter Reilly?), can't the police find something better to do than persecution?

So glad that we can afford to pay for a witch hunt in a time of economic disaster! When a jury exonerates her, we can pay for the results of her successful lawsuit too.
Hand Job

Brooklyn, CT

#13 Dec 20, 2008
This poor woman has suffered a lot. I think the Judicial Dept has a boner for her.
Hand Job

Brooklyn, CT

#14 Dec 20, 2008
The Judicial Dept would rather waste their time with this poor woman rather than beginning the trial of the savages that butchered the Petite women!!!
wojar

Salem, CT

#15 Dec 20, 2008
John in NoGro wrote:
Not to be the "bad guy" in here, but I'm glad the state is holding a parent responsible for the actions of their child.
Seems like the state is being selective in prosecution. The state typically would prosecute if there were a loaded gun in the house not locked away. However, if junior steals his mother's medications it is an unreasonable stretch to call that criminal negligence.
omg

Tempe, AZ

#16 Dec 20, 2008
John in NoGro wrote:
Not to be the "bad guy" in here, but I'm glad the state is holding a parent responsible for the actions of their child. Yes, it must be horrifying to lose a child. However, when that is a result of negligence on the part of the parent, then it is necessary to hold them responsible. Too often we fail to see that a parent's actions are reflected in the behavior of their children. While none of us know the specifics in this case, the information in the article leads us to conclude that she was taking powerful medications and that these, mixed with alcohol led to the death of her son.
Yes, teenagers can be sneaky, and should be held responsible for their actions. However, good parents claim responsibility equally, and are willing to to be held accountable when their actions (or lack of) have caused something negative to happen in their child's life. It's unfortunate that her child had to be a victim, but a modicum of responsibility on his and his mother's side would probably have saved his life.
You can be the best parent in the world and lock up your pain meds and alcohol. If a kid wants something no matter if it is locked up, they know how to find the key. If they want or "need" that drug because of an addiction they will get the drugs that they need. This lady will live with this for the rest of her life. Every holiday will be looked at with sadness and every birthday of her sons will be marked with sadness. This is another sad case of addictions for the kids in Connecticut. It will get worse before it gets better. Many blinders on.
wojar

Salem, CT

#17 Dec 20, 2008
John in NoGro wrote:
Not to be the "bad guy" in here, but I'm glad the state is holding a parent responsible for the actions of their child. Yes, it must be horrifying to lose a child. However, when that is a result of negligence on the part of the parent, then it is necessary to hold them responsible. Too often we fail to see that a parent's actions are reflected in the behavior of their children. While none of us know the specifics in this case, the information in the article leads us to conclude that she was taking powerful medications and that these, mixed with alcohol led to the death of her son.
Yes, teenagers can be sneaky, and should be held responsible for their actions. However, good parents claim responsibility equally, and are willing to to be held accountable when their actions (or lack of) have caused something negative to happen in their child's life. It's unfortunate that her child had to be a victim, but a modicum of responsibility on his and his mother's side would probably have saved his life.
Fifteen years of age is old enough for some personal accountability. If parents are responsible for the actions of their children, then the "my mommy is to blame defense" would be justifiable when they act badly. You can't have it both ways.
omg

Tempe, AZ

#18 Dec 20, 2008
John, as an aside, this child would have found the alcohol and drugs through a dealer, or a "friend". Just ask any addictions counselor.
hold on

Glastonbury, CT

#19 Dec 20, 2008
Perhaps she played a hand in both deaths......is it really bad luck? not enough detail to know.
mary

AOL

#21 Dec 20, 2008
Yes, it must be horrible to lose a child, I couldn't imagine how horrible and I feel sorry for her in that respect. But I think once all the facts of this case are known, you people who feel this woman shouldn't be prosecuted may feel differently.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 7
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Danielson Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Racism in Eastern Connecticut often hidden (Jan '07) Apr '17 Pam-s 23
News 24-year-old arrested in Plainfield drug bust, m... Mar '17 Dr Pendyke 1
Danielson Music Thread (Dec '14) Dec '16 Musikologist 4
News Ten Fire Crews Battle Blaze Overnight in Danielson (Dec '16) Dec '16 Kathy Caulfield 2
News Police search for Norwich twin brothers in conn... (Nov '16) Nov '16 pumpkin 1
News Runaway sex trafficking victim found in stolen ... (May '16) May '16 America Gentleman... 1
Empress Theresa (Feb '16) Mar '16 kybunnies 2

Danielson Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Danielson Mortgages