I just read the Andrea Yates news on AOL. What a strange twist of events.
I honestly believe that she's insane. Obviously I'm not there and I don't know for sure, but according to news stories she talks to herself and has imaginary friends. Its been discussed that perhaps this was spurred by post partum depression and an underlying mental illness.
I'm just surprised that TEXAS of all places threw the conviction out. Isn't that a trip?
I don't think this is the same as that woman who drowned her kids in the car for a man. What was her name? The one who wanted to off her kids so she could be with some guy who didn't want children? Anyway, I honestly believe this is different. I think the woman is mentally ill.
Obviously it was a horrific scene and justice should be served, I just think they need to really honestly evaluate her by a third party to see if she is mentally ill when this goes to trial again. Seeing the pictures of those poor children...bless their little hearts.
Any thoughts? (Or anyone who can tell me the name of that other woman)
I also got a phone call from a single man friend of mine whose neighbor went in for a court imposed drug test. She was not only dirty (crack, apparently), she was in possession and they arrested her on the spot. Meanwhile her 8 year old daughter was at home with her 4 MONTH old little brother, and they came wandering over to my friend's house when mom didn't come home. That's how old my Kayla is. Apparently Grandma's 79 years old and can't take care of the infant. We were able to contact All Faiths Receiving Home and get the children some care. Apparently they couldn't stay with me or my friend because you have to go through a lengthy acceptance process first, which is understandable, but frustrating nonetheless.
I can't imagine an addiction being so strong you'd forget to tell your arresting officer you have a young child and an infant alone at home. Its beyond my level of understanding, and it broke my heart to see the little one so scared and unsure. At least she's not alone at home anymore, and they're both safe.
Hug your kids tonite, if you've got them. That's all I can say.
You realize that people have to get educated and earn the right to do a lot of things, like drive or build houses or teach others... maybe its time to require people to pass certain tests to be a parent. Maybe we should require people to go to parenting classes, to be free of addiction, among other things, BEFORE we allow them to bring innocent beings into the world. I know, I realize that would be a basic rights issue, but still. You have to admit there are parents in this world that have no business being parents. Its hard to watch.
There's my piece for today...stepping down from my little internet soap box for now.
SUSAN SMITH!! (The name of the woman who drowned her kids so she could be with a man) Thanks Miss Jersey Girl for jogging my memory. =)