Di­vorce me­di­a­tion dis­cussed his needs.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Byadam Geller and Mat­ta­puzzo

STAM­FORD, COnn. — The mother of Con­necti­cut school shooter Adam Lanza told a di­vorce me­di­a­tor in 2009 that she didn’t like to leave him alone and that she would care for him as long as he needed it.

When Lanza’s par­ents di­vorced in 2009, the set­tle­ment left his mother with a com­fort­able in­come and the com­fort of know­ing that the then17-year-old boy would have his ed­u­ca­tion paid for and his med­i­cal in­surance cov­ered.

If there was bit­ter­ness and anger be­tween Nancy and Peter Lanza, it is not de­scribed in court pa­pers. And there was no men­tion of any lin­ger­ing men­tal health or med­i­cal is­sues for Adam Lanza, noth­ing that could even hint at the hor­ror he would un­leash three years later.

In work­ing through the terms of their di­vorce, the cou­ple spent con­sid­er­able time talk­ing about how to pro­vide for Adam Lanza’s well-be­ing, said Paula Levy, a me­di­a­tor who worked with the cou­ple.

Dur­ing their meet­ings, the cou­ple men­tioned that Adam Lanza had been di­ag­nosed with Asperger’s syn­drome, an autism-like dis­or­der, Levy said. But the Lan­zas were in com­plete agree­ment on how to ad­dress Adam’s needs and said lit­tle about the de­tails of his con­di­tion, Levy said.

“The only two things I re­mem­ber them say­ing is that she really didn’t like to leave him alone and I know they went out of their way to ac­com­mo­date him,” said Levy, who re­called Nancy and Peter Lanza as very re­spect­ful of each other and equally con­cerned about their son’s needs.

“They worked to­gether about it,” Levy said. “The mom, Nancy, pretty much said she was go­ing to take care of him (Adam) and be there as much as he needed her, even longterm.”

While she would not dis­close de­tails of their dis­cus­sions, Levy wanted to make clear that the Lan­zas were lov­ing par­ents who wanted the best for their son.

Adam Lanza shot his mother in the head with a ri­fle Fri­day, then headed to Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School.

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