November 24 04

The police in Plano, Texas arrested a woman accused of allegedly cutting the arms off her 11-month-old baby girl and have charged her with capital murder.

But, it seems, according to the associated press, that Dena Schlosser joins a number of Texas women who have killed their children in a gruesome way.

The state has had at least four similar cases in recent years. Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family’s Houston bathtub in 2001. Deanna Laney bashed her three sons’ skulls with rocks last year, killing two and maiming a toddler. She said God told her to do it.

A mother from suburban Dallas drowned her daughters last fall, and a woman in Brownsville is accused of helping her common-law husband behead her three children.

In all the cases, the women had some sort of mental illness in their past.

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