Texas, USA (Mckoy’s News) – Andrea Yates Five Children Drowned : KERRVILLE, TX — On June 20, 2001, Texas mom Andrea Yates horrified the nation when she methodically drowned her five children, who were aged between six months and seven years old, in her bathtub.
Yates’ story ultimately divided many parts of the country, resulted in two trials, and brought postpartum depression into the national dialogue. During the trial, Yates, who had a long history of mental illness, said she believed that if she didn’t kill her children that “they would be tormented by Satan.”
She was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today, Yates calls the Kerrville State Hospital in a remote area of Texas home, and reportedly spends every day thinking about her crime. According to KTRK, she has not been seen in public for years.
Yates took her children to the tub one at a time. Her seven-year-old son Noah almost managed to escape when he walked in to find the lifeless body of his newborn sister floating in the bathtub, but his mother caught him and murdered him last. Police who responded to the scene were reportedly crying.
Yates’ attorney George Parnham verified that Yates is a patient of the facility, and said: “I see her as my daughter and I see no downturn in her treatment nor in the effect of the treatment on her, quite the opposite.”
The institution, which houses 202 patients, does not have armed guards or razor-wire fences. The campus is set up to duplicate a community, and patients are expected to follow schedules including shifts like working in the laundry room.
Since 90 percent of them are on some type of anti-psychotic medication, they must also learn to take the prescribed doses. Patients also go to group therapy and individual counselling.
Some, including Yates, spent their time creating crafts and art that are sold to the public. But when customers buy Yates’ art from the Kerrville store, they have no idea who may have made it.
Parnham says the money Yates has received from her artwork is earmarked for a memorial fund that assists in screening low-income women for mental-health issues.
Doctors at the facility say that their goal is to treat mental illness, help the offender understand the consequences of their actions, and ultimately make them safe for re-entry into the community.
For Yates, that does not seem to be on the horizon. Because she was found not guilty by reason of insanity, a court will have jurisdiction over her for as long as her sentence would have been — in other words, the rest of her life.
Parnham says she has waived her appearance for a review — which would be her only chance of being released — every year so far.