July 15, 1970: Statement of Rebecca Cohen
re: Colette MacDonald's February 16, 1970 class discussion
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1. Rebecca Jane Cohen, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH
From 15 Sep. 68 through 29 Jun 70, my husband was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC. During this time, we resided at 220 Slagle Pl, Ft Bragg, NC. In Feb, 70, I was attending a Child Psychology course at the Education Center, Ft. Bragg. While attending the class, I became acquainted with Mrs MACDONALD. I recall that during the class on 16 Feb 70, Mrs MACDONALD questioned the instructor as to what he would d in a particular situation. Mrs MACDONALD then outlined the situation as one in which a little girl crawls in bed with her parents and pushes her mother out of bed. This was done by the child crowding the mother so far to the edge of the bed that she was no longer comfortable. The instructor asked Mrs MACDONALD if it was her child. She replied that it was. The instructor then asked if the child knew that Mrs MACDONALD was pregnant. She said yes. The instructor then asked the child's age. I think she told him two or three. The instructor then asked what she does about the child. Mrs MACDONALD told him she had to go sleep on the couch. The instructor asked Mrs. MacDonald what her husband thought of her sleeping on the couch. She replied that it was her husband's decision that the child stay in their bed and that she sleep on the couch. The instructor asked how often this happened. Mrs MACDONALD related to the instructor that this happened a few times in the last two month. The instructor then answered that the practice of crawling in bed with parents was common amoung children of that age. However, he seemed to disagree with the solution arrived at by the MACDONALDS. At this time, there was a general class discussion. The concensus opinion of the class was that after a short period of tine, the child should be taken to its own bed and made to understand that that's where she belongs. I remember Mrs MACDONALD sitting there smiling and nodding, in an affirmative manner, apparently happy with the decision of the class. It was about this time that class ended. Approximately five minutes after leaving class, I saw Mrs MACDONALD at the MAllonee Shoppette, located on Ft Bragg, where we exchanged greetings. That was the last time I saw her. The following day I learned that Mrs MCDONALD and her two children had been killed.
Q. Besides he incident that you described as occurring in the classroom on 16 Feb 70, were there any other occasions in which Mrs MACDONALD discussed with you or in the classroom situations arising out of her home life?
A. No, she was very quiet.
Q. Would you describe your relationship to Mrs MACDONALD?
A. We were just students in the same psychology class; other that that, we never met.
Q. How would you describe Mrs MACDONALD?
A. Other than her deep involvement in the classroom discussion of 16 Feb 70, Mrs MACDONALD appeared to be a very quiet person, in that she had not taken part in previous classroom discussions.
Q. Do you have anything to add or delete from this statement?
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