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Mothers who kill

Mothers charged with killing their children

Julie Schenecker

The Tampa mother is charged with shooting and killing her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau, on Jan. 9, 2011. Schenecker left messages suggesting she was going to kill herself too, but didn't. Hillsborough prosecutors have charged Schenecker with first-degree murder and are seeking the death penalty.

Gilberta Estrada

In 2007, a young Texas mother made nooses for herself and her four daughters, ages 8 months to 5 years old. The three older children died, as did Estrada, who also hanged herself. The baby survived. Authorities said Estrada struggled with depression.

Andrea Yates

The Texas woman drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001. Yates, who had a history of mental illness, was initially convicted of murder in her first trial. But in a second trial, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Kristina Gaime

The Land O'Lakes home health nurse poisoned her two sons in 1999 with carbon monoxide, killing the youngest. Gaime injected the boys, 6 and 8, with morphine and put them inside her minivan, which had a hose from the tailpipe going inside. She pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in 2005 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Susan Smith

In 1994, Smith drowned her sons, ages 3 and 1, in a South Carolina lake when she strapped them into a car and let it roll off a boat ramp. After the killing, Smith made up a story about her children being kidnapped. Smith, who claimed to be suicidal, was convicted of murder and given a life sentence.

Dorothy Dianne Rose

In 1990, Rose strangled her 13-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son with a bathrobe sash in their Tampa home. Then she attempted suicide by slitting her wrists and stabbing herself in the abdomen. People who knew Rose said she'd been distraught and worried her estranged husband would take the children away from her. A judge determined she was innocent because she was insane.

Source: Times files

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