This makes me sick…
A jury in Houston found Andrea Yates not guilty of murder by reason of insanity Wednesday in the drowning deaths of her of young children.
The 42-year-old will be committed to a state mental hospital, with periodic hearings before a judge to determine whether she should be released. If convicted of murder, she would have faced life in prison.
Defense attorneys never disputed that Yates killed her five children — 6-month-old Mary, 2-year-old Luke, 3-year-old Paul, 5-year-old John and 7-year-old Noah — by drowning them in a bathtub of their suburban Houston home in June 2001. They based their case, however, on a claim that she suffered from severe postpartum psychosis and, in a delusional state, believed Satan was inside her and was trying to save them from hell.
Another jury in 2002 had found Yates guilty of murder in the deaths of three of her children, but that verdict was overturned on appeal because of erroneous testimony. Prosecutors retried her on the same three counts of murder.
Since they say she was temporarily insane, then she is sane now, right? So how long will they actually keep her in this hospital?
Ya know, I don’t care why she did the crime, just that she did the crime. Once found sane, she should be sent to prison to pay for her crime. When your kids do something wrong do you care why they did it? I never let excuses get in the way of punishment, but we as a nation let people make excuses for committing a crime.
One of my old favorite shows growing up had a great theme song; don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.