Families in Fear

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Defense attorney Keith Halpern (back to camera) hugs Lee Chiero’s sister after Chiero was found not guilty by reason of insanity. (Photo by Ken McGagh/Metrowest Daily News)

Few have paid a higher price for the nation’s mental health crisis than the loved ones of severely mentally ill people.

At least 17 parents with signs of mental illness allegedly killed their children from 2005 through 2015, while a similar number of children allegedly killed their parents. But the toll of violence reaches far beyond family.

From 2005 through 2015, 10 percent of all homicides in Massachusetts in which a suspect . . .

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