Karen Santorum: Bringing Dead Baby Home Was Way to Grieve

Mar 5, 2012 5:22pm

Rick Santorum’s wife says in an interview that their decision to bring their dead baby son to their kids wasn’t “some crazy thing” and that it was a personal way to cope with his death.

In an interview with CBS News’s Jan Crawford, Karen Santorum opened up about the criticism she and her husband faced for taking their son, Gabriel, home after he died shortly after being born at 20 weeks gestation. The Santorums have been criticized by some for letting their children hold the dead baby; in the interview, Santorum said that “no one can tell me how to grieve.”

“We brought Gabriel home from the hospital to have a funeral mass and to bury him. And so they twist it and make it sound like it was some crazy thing,” she said in the segment set to be shown Tuesday. “We brought him home from the hospital to introduce him to our kids and place him, it was for the funeral mass and the burial. And what is so sad to me Jan is that no one can tell me how to grieve, and I’m not going to tell anyone else how to grieve. It’s not right.”

Santorum also said in the interview that the press tries to “corner” her husband on social issues.

“You know, every aspect of this race, any issue out there, he’s brilliant,” she said.

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