A Hamden mother who home-schools her six and seven year old children brought them to the Steven Hayes trial. She answered her critics Wednesday.
What looked like a mother and her two children simply walking down Church Street in New Haven was really a class field trip.
Jennifer Ghoshray is the teacher. The lesson is civics.
Taking her children into the courtroom for the trial of a horrifically gruesome multiple murders is an opportunity to see the justice system in action, she says. It's something for which she's been preparing.
"It wasn't just yesterday I woke up and said 'let's go.' It's been six or seven months talking about this case," Ghoshray stated. "What Dr. Petit might be going through? How he's feeling? And then what about the other side? Laying out everything to my children."
She says her children are being exposed to the process. But critics say they are being exposed to disturbing details that a six or seven year old can't possibly comprehend.
"Both have been told if it's too much, we'll leave. If it's too much, we'll put our head down..."
Seven-year-old Shreyoshi -- who wants to be a lawyer and work on the U.S. Supreme Court when she grows up -- says she didn't see or hear anything in the courtroom that scared her.
"The reason I came here was to understand this crime, and also because I want to write about it when I come home."
To those who say a murder trial is no place for children, there's this.
"Then where is the place? Is it in front of a videogame where you're slaughtering your opponents and no parents are around to monitor it?" Jennifer Ghoshray told News 8. "I mean, I'm here, I'm interactive, we took notes when my children had a couple of questions I discussed with them."
Ghoshray and her children left the courthouse at the lunchtime recess, but she says they may return later in the trial to hear more testimony.
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