Doctors: Andrea Yates Ready for Picnics, Outings
Mother who drowned her 5 kids has been institutionalized since 2006
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2014 1:09 AM CST
This March 21, 2002 photo made available by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Andrea Yates in Gatesville, Texas.    (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

(Newser) – A Texas mother who drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001 is ready to leave the state psychiatric hospital for picnics and other outings with fellow patients, her doctors say. Andrea Yates, 49, has been institutionalized since 2006, when a second trial found her not guilty by reason of insanity of the murders of Noah, 7; John, 5; Paul, 3; Luke 2; and Mary, 6 months, reports the Houston Chronicle. She had initially been convicted of capital murder, but medical experts testified that she had suffered from extreme postpartum depression.

Yates, who was denied permission to attend church services outside the hospital in 2012, is the only patient at the facility who has never received a group-outing pass, sources tell KTRH. Her lawyer says she has been involved with arts and crafts at the minimum-security hospital, sending the proceeds from anonymous sales of greeting cards and aprons to a charity that works to improve the mental health of new mothers. "She wants to help build a legacy for those children to help prevent future tragedies like hers," he says. "Every kid deserves to be raised by a mother free of mental illness."

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Pipeve
Jul 11, 2014 1:36 AM CDT
Not to diminish her hideous actions, but her husband should've taken some of the responsibility too. She begged for help, but he didn't "believe" in it. Even her mother didn't take it seriously. They knew she was sick enough not be left alone with the kids, but he left and her mother didn't show up for 2 more hours. That was enough time for her to kill those poor babies.
Evelyn
Jul 7, 2014 11:56 PM CDT
That's great news! Maybe we should give her a "day" job, transport her to the border and have her welcome in all our new arrivals. I'll kick in for the stale bologna sandwich and pickles.
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Feb 17, 2014 3:45 PM CST
AS a feminist, I support her new freedom. She is innocent, and should be allowed to go out and enjoy the gift of motherhood again.