Texas investigators stunned by child dismemberment
SAN ANTONIO – The scene was so gruesome investigators could barely speak: A 3 1/2-week-old boy lay dismembered in the bedroom of a single-story house, three of his tiny toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed and his brains ripped out.
"At this particular scene you could have heard a pin drop," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Monday. "No one was speaking. It was about as somber as it could have been."
Officers called to the home early Sunday found the boy's mother, Otty Sanchez, sitting on the couch with a self-inflicted wound to her chest and her throat partially slashed, screaming "I killed my baby! I killed my baby!" police said. She told officers the devil made her do it, police said.
I have to admit right off the bat that the description the article started with did silence me for a while.
The article later pointed out the event where a mother had drowned her children to "save them from Satan" and was later found not guilty, because she was suffering from post-partum psychosis. I guess I would like the discussion to be at least partially about not finding people guilty because they were concidered to be insane at the moment of the act. While I accept that there is validity behind that reasoning, in cases like this one where I can't even find suitable words to describe it myself right now, though I'm sure I'll find some, I do feel torn. Just the nature of what happened is so horrible that it's hard for that arguement about insanity to sway your reaction.
Would justice (moral rather than legal I suppose) be better served by the harhest of punishments for the deed or would it be better served by trying to bring lucidity into the womans life? I must admit that I'm not very aware of the nature of post-partum psychosis, so I don't know if it's long lasting or something that subsides with time.