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CANFIELD TOWNSHIP SLAYINGS Woman who drowned twins wants out of group home



Published: Tue, September 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The motion says Giancola's treatment team wouldn't oppose the move.

By ROGER G. SMITH

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Annette Giancola wants to live with her brother instead of the group home where she has been since spring 2004.

Giancola's attorney filed a motion Tuesday seeking permission for her to live permanently in the home left to her and a brother with their mother's recent death.

Giancola, 45, drowned her 3-year-old twins, Jonathan and Rebecca, in the bathtub of their Canfield Township home in 1997. She was found innocent by reason of insanity and sent to a psychiatric hospital. She was allowed to return to living in Mahoning County in May 2004.

The motion doesn't say where the home is located. A telephone listing and property records for the last name of Giancola's mother shows a residence on the city's South Side.

The motion said Giancola's treatment team wouldn't oppose the move.

Giancola's lawyer, Scott Cochran, noted that she has been on conditional release since May 2004 and has not had any problems. Before conditional release, she regularly had eight-hour passes to spend with her mother and brother that were without incident, he said. Cochran couldn't be reached to comment.

Work request denied

A year ago, Judge Maureen A. Sweeney declined a request to let Giancola take a job doing secretarial work at the Cleveland-area psychiatric hospital where she was treated. Judge Sweeney expressed concern about the unsupervised distance between work and home.

Cochran said then that hospital and group home staff would have called each other when she traveled so they would know her whereabouts and when she should be arriving.

rgsmith@vindy.com




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