A reporter for the Jewish Daily Forward writes about the ethics of how much detail to include in stories about the deaths of children in Newtown. The mother of one child, who was shot in the face, told the journalist why she insisted on seeing her son’s body, why she described his wounds in detail — and why she wanted him viewed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“I needed it to have a face for him,” said Veronique Pozner, the mother of Noah, who was shot 11 times. “If there is ever a piece of legislation that comes across his desk, I needed it to be real for him.”

The governor’s staff confirmed the account: Malloy visited Pozner’s family at the funeral home, and he viewed the body at her request. Noah was among the first of the 26 victims to be buried.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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