A mother was quick to move out of her Houston house after she allegedly drowned her two children and buried them under her neighbor’s home. When she was in the process of moving, she openly admitted to a man assisting her move that she had killed her children.
Kese Smith, a Houston Police Spokesman, told AP that the 30-year-0ld mother told the man helping her move that she drowned her children in a bathtub and that she needed to move right away. The man continued helping her clean, as he thought that she was joking.
The children found dead were a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. The police have interviewed the mother and so far have not found any motives for killing her children. It is believed that she acted alone. The man that was helping her move was a random person she met while throwing trash away in a field.
Smith said that when the mother told the man that she killed her children, he simply brushed it off at first thinking it was a joke, but eventually began to feel like something truly was wrong.
“She was so matter of fact about it he didn’t think she was serious. He thought she was joking. He continued to help her pack.”
When he realized something wasn’t right, when he asked her about her children again and she answered the same way, the man took her to the closest police barrack and flagged down an officer.
Smith mentioned that the mother attempted to bury her children, but it was too difficult. She resulted in hiding the children under a neighbor’s home.
The police were at the residence before, but for nothing major. The mother had not previously been known for having any mental issues.
According to ABC11, the mother had a 12-year-old son, as well, but he was safe and sound at his father’s home. The police mentioned that she did have a minor criminal record, but no details have been released on what that consists of.
A similar case took place back in June of 2001 when a mother, Andrea Yates, drowned all five of her children in the bathtub. After killing her four boys and one baby girl, Yates was sentenced to life in prison after being charged with capital murder.
The sentence was short lived after the charges were appealed. Yates was granted a second trial and was pardoned of her murder charges, and instead sentenced to a mental hospital. In 2006, Yates had been found innocent by means of insanity and moved into the Kerrville State Hospital.
Since she became a resident at the mental hospital, Yates was the only patient there to have ever received a pass to attend group outings and supervised events. She has also requested to be released from the mental hospital to attend church, but that request was quickly shot down by the judge.
Rusty Yates, Andrea’s husband, has since divorced Andrea and remarried. He made an appearance on a TV show after a Pittsburgh mother was accused of drowning two of her three children.
Laurel Schlemmer, 42, was accused last year of drowning two of her children, ages 3 and 6.
She told the detectives that “crazy voices” urged her to drown her boys. Schlemmer’s third son, age 7, was at school when the drowning occurred.
After the murder trial was postponed on many different occasions due to reasoning that Schlemmer was mentally incompetent and unable to assist her attorney in her defense, the judge ordered her to be medicated so that the trial can go on. As of June 21, 2016, Schlemmer was to be forcibly medicated and will stand trial for the murder of her two children.
The story of the Houston mom who killed two of her children is still developing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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