>mother eats parts of baby and then attempts to kill herself

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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.

Sanchez, 33, apparently ate the child's brain and some other body parts before stabbing herself, McManus said.


This is a sombering example of what post partum psychosis can do. I noticed some mothers discussing this article and showing hate for this mother. "How could a mother ever do such a thing?" they reasoned. I don't know if they read the full article, which states that post partum psychosis was probably a factor and often is a factor in these kind of gruesome cases, or if they just ignored it. I hope they just didn't read the full article because they were so sickened by the beginning. Post partum psychosis is very real and has a very powerful hold on the woman it affects. It's like paranoid schitzophrenia mixed with the deep depression known as post partum depression.

I want to know why this mother was left alone with her children with people knowing that she had mental and emotional issues. You just don't do this with a woman that's suffering from serious mental and emotional illness! Did anyone tell the family members this? Was she educated about her condition at least and given some phone numbers she could call to talk to someone that would help her at any time she needed someone to talk to?

I'm guessing none of this was done. The hospitals just let her go and said she was fine. Her family members probably didn't have any clue as to what to do to help. Her husband had left her so it wasn't like she had any support at home.

You leave a post partum woman that's mentally and emotionally disturbed alone with no support and several kids... then factor in a husband that's just left her... and you wonder how on earth she could do such a thing, or how such a thing could happen?

Tsk, tsk.

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