I’m reading the police report today. Despite the fact that some of the information has been redacted, there is a pretty detailed account of Shayna’s last 24 hours from her fiancé and other witnesses.
Riley Scott had returned home from work to find Shayna on the couch, unresponsive. He called 911.
The police asked Riley to go back to the night before and relate the events of the day. He said that the day before he got home from work and he wasn’t happy. He mentioned that he told Shayna that if he was going to marry her he wanted her to keep the house clean. When he got home the house wasn’t clean and he said it upset him. Shayna takes pain medication to the point where she can’t function. Riley said he told her she was taking no more pills and then they watched TV and had a normal evening.
Around 2:30 a.m. Shayna need what Riley called her nighttime medications. Riley was concerned that she was taking too many pills. He had started hiding her pills however she would always find them. Riley was just stressed because he couldn’t control her intake. He also said that she smoked cigarettes in the bathroom located closest to the kitchen. He said she only smokes cigarettes in the bathroom and then after taking her medication she wanted to go smoke. Approximately 30 minutes later Riley could hear Shayna calling for help. He walked back to the bathroom to find Shayna on the floor. He picked her up and helped her into the living room where she sat on the couch.
Apparently the shower curtain was ripped down in the bathroom. Riley said that Shayna would be falling down from being over-medicated and attempt to stop her fall by grabbing the shower curtain. Riley said she gone through approximately four sets of shower curtain since moving in in December. Riley said he went to bed about 4 a.m. leaving Shayna on the couch. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for him to do that since she passes out from her medications. Reilly got up to go to work the next day leaving about 8:30 in the morning. He thought Shayna was still sleeping and made no attempt to speak to her or touch her before he went to work.
Riley said Shayna greets him when he comes in the house. Normally they talk about his day. This day Shayna said nothing. He walked over and looked closer. He started shaking her and called her by name. When he realized she was unresponsive he called 911.
As I read the statements, I feel like I’m in the apartment. I see Shayna laying motionless on the couch in her polka dot pajamas and her pink robe. I turn and exit the apartment to see her fiancé sobbing on the stairs of their building. A neighbor passes him by without a word as she goes to walk her dog. Shayna’s mother and sister arrive to learn the news of her passing. The parking lot is filled with the cries of grief.
Riley told the officers when they arrived there have been several times when he would come home and find medications all over the carpet in the living room or the dining room and Shayna was laying on the floor. That’s when he decided to start hiding her medications.
Riley said that Shayna made a statement a few months ago “baby I’m not gonna make it till I’m 30“ Riley said that she also talked about Riley taking an insurance policy on her and she would do the same. Shayna was concerned about her kids – if she died she was concerned her children would be taken care of. Riley said they both took out $20,000 insurance policy a few months ago
Riley was escorted to the Sheriff’s office for further questioning as the circumstances of Shayna’s death are deemed “suspicious.” Riley is questioned while the police obtain a warrant to search his car, the only car Shayna had access to as well.
The police are eventually satisfied that this was an accidental death.
There was a lethal cocktail of drugs in Shayna’s system. The autopsy report listed the following:
Quetiapine, marketed as Seroquel among other names, is an atypical antipsychotic used for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It is also sometimes used as a sleep aid due to its sedating effect, but this use is not recommended. It is taken by mouth.
Clonazepam, sold under the brand name Klonopin among others, is a medication used to prevent and treat seizures, panic disorder, and for the movement disorder known as akathisia. It is a tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine class. It is taken by mouth. It begins having an effect within an hour and lasts between 6 and 12 hours.
Amitriptyline, sold under the brand name Elavil among others, is a medicine primarily used to treat a number of mental illnesses. These include major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, and less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder.
Fluoxetine, also known by trade names Prozac and Sarafem, among others, is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class. It is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It may decrease the risk of suicide in those over the age of 65. It has also been used to treat premature ejaculation. Fluoxetine is taken by mouth.
Gabapentin (sold under the brand name Neurontin, among others) is a medication which is used to treat partial seizures, neuropathic pain, hot flashes, and restless legs syndrome. It is recommended as one of a number of first-line medications for the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, and central neuropathic pain. About 15% of those given gabapentin for diabetic neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia have a measurable benefit. Gabapentin is taken by mouth.
Valproate (VPA), and its valproic acid, sodium valproate, and valproate semisodium forms, are medications primarily used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder and to prevent migraine headaches. They are useful for the prevention of seizures in those with absence seizures, partial seizures, and generalized seizures. They can be given intravenously or by mouth.[ Long and short acting formulations of tablets exist.
Vilazodone (United States trade name Viibryd) is a serotonergic antidepressant developed by Merck KGaA and licensed by Clinical Data, a biotech company purchased by Forest Laboratories in 2011. Vilazodone was approved in 2011 by the FDA for use in the United States to treat major depressive disorder. Its mechanism of action is believed to be a combination of SSRI-like activity (SERT inhibition) and 5HT1AR partial agonism, like the structurally related anxiolytic buspirone. As such it can be compared to vortioxetine, and these two drugs are sometimes used as the prototypical members of the class of serotonin modulator/stimulator antidepressants.