There's tragic news out of Los Angeles this week. Lorna Valle, the mother accused of drowning her young daughters in the family bathtub last year, has died. Police say the mom killed herself in jail where she was awaiting trial for the deaths of 5-year-old Marian and 1-year-old Lindsay. She'd just learned that she would likely face the death penalty if convicted.
Some may say good riddance, even celebrate the death of the type of monster who would kill children. But Valle's death only goes to heighten the tragic nature of this entire case.
In committing suicide in jail, Valle has proven that she is mentally unstable. She cemented the explanation for why she did the unspeakable to her children.
And yet, the explanation is moot.
Valle is gone. There is no getting her help.
No more than there was for her kids last February.
After the girls' deaths, there were numerous reports that Valle was possibly suicidal, that she struggled with depression. There was talk that the girls' father had pushed her to get help and she had not. It was the father who came home from the grocery store and found his daughters being drowned. Lindsay was already dead. Marian would hang on for a few days in a hospital before dying as well.
The reports gave an explanation as to why a mother would do something so horrible (not an excuse, mind, there is no excuse for killing a child, and certainly not drowning your own children). But it was too late. The kids were gone. There was no way to go back and get their mother some help to save their lives.
And now there is no way to go back, to get Lorna Valle, to save whatever life she would have had left after the death of her babies.
What are you thoughts on this whole sad case?
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