Gabby Petito -saak: Forensic psychiatrist weighs in on Utah officers' bodycam footage, Laundrie -gesin

Die polisie in Moab het vanaf Aug. 12 verlede week gewys hoe beamptes in wisselwerking met Petito is, 22, en Laundrie, 23 — an engaged couple traveling cross-country in a Ford van that they converted into a camper — after a witness called 911 around two weeks before she verdwyn aan report apossible domestic violence” voorval, as Fox News Digital first reported.

The caller was heard telling a dispatcher thatthe gentleman was slapping the girland hitting her, Fox News confirmed Monday after exclusively obtaining audio of the call.

We really don’t know how extensive the fight was,” Cohen, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and staff member of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, aan Fox News gesê. “… What we know is that when they were pulled over by the police, she was very upset, and they were both minimizing their argument. I think that’s clear. She appears to try to blame it on her OCD, and he talks about his muddy shoes. She also says she’s under a lot of stress.


In the bodycam footage, Petito, wat as vermis aangemeld is op Sept. 11, appears distressed and apologetic while Laundrie appears calm after what they describe as a stressful morning. Laundrie tells police in the video that the scratches on his cheek came from Petito. Police separated the pair while questioning them.

Cohen added thatsuch an imbalance of the emotional statebetween the pair as seen in officers’ bodycam beeldmateriaal “does raise a red flagbecause Petitodoesn’t just look like someone who’s having a panic attack or who’s anxious.


She looks scared.” hy het gesê. “She looks very overwhelmed. … She was emoting so much that it was very clear that there had been an incident and there had been a problem of some kind that she was struggling with.

In part of the video, Petito blames herOCDas the reason they started fighting before police responded to the 911 bel.

People with OCD are not violent. OCD is not a risk factor for violence. If there was an altercation between them, certainly OCD would not be fodder for something that would lead her to hurt him,” verduidelik hy. “It could cause an argument. If she does have OCD … he might get upset with her, or she might get upset with him, but people with OCD are not violent.

While it’s possible the couple may have just had a stressful morning as they described in the video, Cohen believes that is contradicted by the 911 caller who reported physical violence.


The psychiatrist also suggested the couple may have been intoxicated in some capacity.

They’re going on a van trip cross-country. They’re in the desert. Those are some settings in which young people tend to use substances that can make them have an altered mental state. They can feel overwhelmed. They can have a bad trip. And it could lead them to act irrationally. It could also lead them to get into an altercation,” hy het gesê.

Investigators on Sunday discovered a body at a campsite in Teton-Bridger National Forest in Moose, Wyoming, where travelers discovered Petito’s van in late August, Teton County coroner Brent Blue confirmed to Fox News Digital. The FBI later confirmed that the remains were consistent with a description of Petito.

Laundrie het teruggekeer huis toe na North Port, Florida, where the couple lived with Laundrie’s parents, 10 days before Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 1 with no sign of his fiancee. Laundrie’s parents said the last time they saw him was on Sept. 14 and have been communicating through their attorney. Cohen suggested the family may be in some sort of denial about the case involving their son.

I think that parental instincts tend to be very strong. There’s also a parental tendency to not see the worst in one’s own children, and so when you find those two tendencies, there’s a tendency to deny that one’s child could have been involved in such a crime and to protect them at all costs,” the psychiatrist said.

FBI agents entered Laundrie’s parentshome on Monday and temporarily removed them from the premises.

Fox News’ Mike Ruiz, Greg Norman and Paul Best contributed to this report.

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