Natalie WebbThere are times that you read something in the news that is so absolutely twisted, that you have to read it many more times to convince yourself that it actually happened. This morning, the story of Natalie Lynn Webb is that despicable. The 30-year-old Oklahoma mother is accused of sexually abusing three of her children in front of other adults who paid to watch her do so, from December 2012 to March 2013. According to Webb's 9-year-old son, who escaped the abuse by hiding in a dumpster, his two 3-year-old sisters and 8-year-old brother were repeatedly raped by their mother. On top of that, they were often subjected to being thrown against a wall repeatedly and other physical abuse.

Even more disgusting, a lot of this behavior was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine, which Webb's son said his mother sold out of the house. According to the Dec. 18 police affidavit, he believed the drugs were to blame for Mom's actions.

He thinks when mom took the needles it would make her act different ... she would act weird and ... her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding.

Wow. There are many more frightening details of potentially horrible living conditions and wretched actions from the police affidavit that I can't bring myself to repeat here. After hearing all of these details, it makes me sick to think that these poor, poor children may have lived in such frightful living conditions for so long.

According to the affidavit, Webb has past felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment, as well as misdemeanor convictions of unauthorized use of a credit card, bogus checks, and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. I just can't help but wonder -- why did it take this long for the children to be removed from Webb's possession after all of these issues? Why did no one else step forward in their best interest?

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It's easy to look at the photo of Webb and question what kind of mother would do these things to her children? What kind of mother would feel no remorse? But I can't help but contemplate about drugs potential impact on her actions. I'm not excusing them. Not for one moment. But it's frightening to think that they could have been the reason for her continuous loss in judgment. Webb could have a serious problem, an addiction that has forever altered her life and the life of her children. If it weren't for Mom's involvement in drugs, things could have been better for everyone.

Thankfully, all of Webb's children are now living with their grandparents.

What is your reaction when you hear about a mom who molested her children? Could you ever have sympathy for her?

 

Image via Beckham County Court