Who Should Be Punished When Maternal Mental Illness Kills Children? | Jean Mercer

In 2014, a young mother who had been evaluated and given prescription medication for a mood disorder killed her two young children (as described in http://ift.tt/2rCekpj; see also Lynh Bui, “Mother who suffocated children with plastic bags and duct tape sentenced to 45 years”, Washington Post, June 7, 2017). She had initially threatened to kill herself and her daughter, and her own mother called the police, who took the younger woman to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Against her mother’s objections, the…

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