Started by PowerMan72, Nov 22, 2004, 05:34 PM
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas woman who allegedly severed her 11-month-old daughter's arms and then called police to report the crime was charged with capital murder on Monday, authorities said. Police in the Dallas suburb of Plano said Dena Schlosser, 35, sounded calm when she phoned the department and told officers what she had done. Officers went to their apartment and found the baby bleeding from her torso, where her arms had been severed. She was taken to a nearby hospital, but died, Detective Bryan Wood said. "Statements made by the mother led officers to believe she was responsible for the injuries to the child," Wood said. The Dallas Morning News said Texas child welfare officials had investigated the family after the mother was accused of leaving the baby alone in the apartment a few days after her birth. Postpartum depression was suspected at the time, the state agency said, but the case was closed after Schlosser agreed to psychiatric treatment. Schlosser, who could face the death penalty if convicted, lived in the apartment with her husband and two other daughters, both of whom were away at school. In another Texas case, Houston mother Andrea Yates was convicted of capital murder for drowning her five young children in the family tub in a bout of postpartum depression. She is serving a life sentence and is receiving psychiatric care, but recently was treated in a hospital because she had stopped eating.
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The woman, too scared to be named, said: "He used to come home very drunk and make lots of threats right up to my face, including threats to my pets which resulted in the death of my dog.
"There was lots of shoving, pushing over, sometimes smashing of the house, throwing things around.