A 29 year-old mother researches on the internet how to poison her children. She later mixes windshield de-icer fluid into some grape juice and serves the toxic mixture to her five-year-old son and 4-month-old daughter. When the toxic fluid fails to kill them, she takes those two children into the bathroom and drowns them in the bathtub. She writes a note to the father of those two children blaming him for her actions. She had recently discovered that he fathered a child with another woman. She then seals all of the windows in her apartment with plastic and tape and sends a text to her boyfriend (father of the children) that says, "I'm sorry the kids are gone. I'm next." She turns on the gas from her stove, drinks the toxic grape juice, and cuts her wrists. 9-1-1 reports of a gas leak cause firefighters to discover the grave scene. The kids are dead, but the mother survives.Lisette Bamenga committed this horrific crime in New York four years ago
. Prosecutors charged her with two counts of murder and sought a 40-year prison sentence, claiming that she killed the children in a jealous rage after finding out about her boyfriend's infidelity. Bamenga opted for a bench trial, and her defense attorneys argued that she suffered from postpartum psychosis and should not be held responsible for the killings. The judge convicted Bamenga of manslaughter and sentenced
her to 8 years in prison on each count to run concurrently.
Postpartum psychosis? Would it be different if her kids were 2 years old and 5 years old instead? At what point after the birth of a child does the postpartum psychosis defense cease to apply? At what point does the psychotic period end, if ever? What if the tables were turned and the father committed this crime instead? This woman researched methods of poisoning her children on the internet. She went to the store and bought windshield de-icer fluid. She mixed it with juice and gave it to her unsuspecting, trusting little children. When the poison did not kill them like she thought it would, she decided to drown them. She took their little bodies and submerged them under water in their own bathtub until she was sure they were dead. She was distraught over her boyfriend's affair and baby with another woman.
This case seems different from the Andrea Yates case
. In 2006, after a re-trial, Andrea Yates was found innocent by reason of insanity and sentenced to a mental hospital. As far as I know, she remains in a mental hospital today.
The sad fact is that two young, defenseless children are dead at the hands of the woman who gave them life.