A mother of nine has been arrested, accused of smothering her newborn daughter to death because she "already had too many kids." Indeed, the woman, Nina Koistinen, already had nine children. Her husband, Bradley, reportedly discovered the infant unconscious and rushed her to the hospital but it was too late. An autopsy discovered signs of suffocation.
The Arizona mom was 36 and had already had nine babies -- possibly more if there were miscarriages. That means she spent most of her adult life pregnant and breastfeeding and taking care of children. Her husband says his wife "suffers from bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression and we have tried for years and years to manage it."
Continuing to have babies was not "managing it." In fact, the mom had reportedly been investigated in the past because she had allegedly threatened to suffocate the children. She had also apparently said she wanted the children to "have a car crash" and "go to heaven." As for her baby Maya, the mom reportedly admitted to having "pinched Maya's nose, twisted, suffocated, and smothered baby Maya."
Her husband also said:
She's been mixed up before where she thinks I'm God ... when she's not on her medication. Things aren't right and she needs serious mental help.
But you keep having babies?! Look I'm not saying that every family can't handle this many kids -- the Duggar family seems to be doing okay. But it's certainly not for everyone. And probably not for a woman with a mental illness. Sounds like the family either doesn't believe in birth control or doesn't believe in abortion or both -- and in this case, either one would have been preferable to what allegedly happened. This could have been prevented with some family planning -- quite a few children ago. And if the father knew about her past comments, he bears some responsibility in this.
A blog post claims that the Koistinens were part of a faith that required families to have large amounts of children, and that using birth control would mean going to hell. If true, this is tragic and sounds like this church bears some responsibility too.
Do you think this mom should have stopped having kids?
Image via Phoenix Police Dept.