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Judge: Woman in Cubs stalking case can return to Boston for mental illness treatment

A woman accused of stalking Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein has a history of mental illness and can return to Boston for treatment while her case is pending, a Cook County judge ruled today.

Kathleen Kearney, 44, appeared in court dressed in a blue Boston Red Sox T-shirt and white skirt.

The Harvard-educated former librarian was freed from Cook County Jail on Friday after her brother-in-law posted her $7,500 cash bond.

Massachusetts state records filed in court today show that in 2003 Kearney was deemed "incapable of taking care of herself by reason of mental illness” and was declared a ward of the state.

The documents list Kearney's father and sister as temporary guardians.

Also included in the court records was a Massachusetts court order from March 2012 approving a drug treatment plan for Kearney that includes a range of antipsychotic medications.

In court today, Judge Marvin Luckman agreed to a request from Kearney’s lawyer that she be allowed to return to Boston to check into a mental hospital for treatment.

Prosecutors objected to the arrangement, saying Kearney should not only be required to stay in Illinois but also should be fitted with an electronic monitoring device to "track her movements."
If she is released from the hospital, Kearney must live with her sister and brother-in-law in Milton, Mass., and check in regularly with Cook County officials.

A previous order prohibiting any contact with Epstein and his family also remains in effect.

Kearney, of Canton, Mass., was charged last week with two felony counts of stalking after prosecutors alleged she flew to Chicago to look for Epstein at his North Side home and at Wrigley Field. She had previously been warned to stay away from Epstein when he was the general manager of the Red Sox, authorities said.

Kearney walked out of the felony preliminary hearing court at Belmont and Western shielded by her attorney and flanked by her brother-in-law, Brian Carney.

All three declined to comment.

jmeisner@tribune.com

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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