Dear Guest Kim,
Here, have a cookie while you read this.
Clinical depression can have a psychotic component to it, which causes people to do very strange things. It is extremely rare, but it does happen. Apparently Mrs. Yates had already experienced psychotic episodes because she had been taking Haldol, which is an anti=psychotic drug. The doctor took her off it just a few days prior, as I understand.
It sounds to me like this woman was in WAY over her head with that many children and domestic work load considering her KNOWN fragile mental condition and family history of depression.
I'll bet you that the good doctor has now hired all the lawyers in the world.
I don't know what the answers are
Neither do I, but I still believe all US citizens are equally accountable for their actions. In cases of violent crime and murder, they should be isolated from peaceful society.
Once again, for her, I'm advocating treatment and supervised incarceration, not harsh punishment.
Please re-visit my above post and notice the three cases mentioned there. With all due respect to Jed, I think there is an equivalency, only this case is much worse.
The fact that Susan Smith is in jail, and that of the two Maine cases, one killed children again (and herself) and that the other is out free, demonstrates the differences in how individual states deal with such issues.
I think my state is wrong.
By the way, we just had another child killing case here where the DHS chosen "foster mother" tied the little girl in a high chair in the basement and duct taped her mouth shut.....she suffocated.
Pray/wish/give thanks for sanity folks.