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HARVARD WITHDRAWS ADMISSION FOR STUDENT WHO KILLED MOTHER

Harvard University rescinded its offer of early admission to a high school honors student who killed her mother five years ago.

News clippings about Gina Grant's past were mailed anonymously in the last few days to Harvard, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and The Boston Globe, The Globe reported.Harvard spokesman Joe Wrinn said in a statement Thursday that the offer was rescinded "after careful consideration of new information that was not disclosed at the time of application."

Wrinn added that the university occasionally withdraws acceptances if students misrepresent themselves on applications, or engage in behavior that "brings into question honesty, maturity or moral character."

He would not elaborate on the university's reasons for withdrawing Grant's early admission offer.

In 1991, Grant pleaded no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Dorothy Mayfield. Mayfield was hit on the head 13 times with a lead crystal candleholder in the family's Lexington, S.C., home in September 1990. Grant was 14 at the time.

Jack Swerling, the lawyer who represented Grant, told The Globe that she had been abused by her mother for years, and hit her in self-defense. Grant told the newspaper that her mother's death was too painful to discuss.

Grant was placed in juvenile detention but was allowed to move to Cambridge later in 1991 under her aunt and uncle's supervision. She entered Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a well-respected public high school, in 1992, and remained on probation until she was 18.

Grant has an IQ of 150, is a member of the honor society and academic decathlon, and is co-captain of her high school tennis team, The Globe reported.

Her current lawyer, Margaret Burnham, said Grant did not omit information or lie on her Harvard application and was not required to disclose what happened to her as a juvenile.

But Harvard's application specifically asks if an applicant has been placed on probation or disciplined.