Andrea Yates Might Be Let Out of Psychiatric Hospital For 'Picnics'

Is Andrea Yates, who killed her five children, ready to be let out of her psychiatric hospital? Doctors thinks so. At least for group outings and "picnics." She has been institutionalized since 2006 after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for drowning her five kids in the bathtub. Now doctors reportedly think she's sane enough to leave the hospital for short periods to attend group functions.

Andrea, who suffered from postpartum psychosis, was originally sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years. But that was overturned and she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She has been at the Kerrville State Hospital in Texas ever since.

She is apparently the only person in the facility who has never been granted a pass to leave the hospital for a group outing.

Her lawyer, George Parnum, said:

The doctors recommended she could benefit from passes for a couple of hours to attend picnics with other patients.

She would reportedly be accompanied by facility staff at all times. A previous request for her to be allowed to attend church services was denied.

Yates only ever receives three visitors -- her lawyer, his wife, and a friend. Her mother is in poor health, and her brothers do not visit.

Tough call. It's doubtful she could do any harm on a group outing. And surely people who have committed heinous crimes who are there are getting them. On the other hand, it's difficult to think about her getting any freedom, when she took the lives of her five children.

A judge has yet to make the decision.

Should she be given passes for group outings?


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I hate child killers...but she was found literally insane. I think as long as they are not in areas with children, maybe it could be allowed. I'm torn on the issue...I just don't know. It's a little more complicated than someone who murders a child and is not insane.

Megan Morton-Gauthier

I understand she did this due to being extremely mentally ill. But I do not think she should be able to go out. If they think she is well enough to go out as a group then she should be well enough to go to prison and pay for what she did to those innocent children. Seeing how those children will never be able to go on a picnic then she shouldn't have that right either!

Graca... Gracalynsmom

Those kids will never get out of their grave's, she should never get out of a rubber room. sicko.

Frost... FrostyMelted

Her ex-husband is allowed to walk free which is a travesty so she should get these picnics.

Sarah... SarahHall58

As a psychiatric nurse, I know first hand that most patients do get to go outside. Long term psychiatric patients in certain hospitals on the east coast go on weekly outings. It's perfectly fine and perfectly safe. She's not going alone. She's going with staff. Typically, outings include movies, bowling, grocery stores, and libraries. They typically don't interact with the general public. Regardless of what she did, which I'm a huge supporter of her being punished, she is still a human. Not an animal.

Kim Hunn Budnick

@SarahHall58, you are right she is not an animal. An animal would have been put down even though it wouldn't have known any better. She, as a human, who ruthlessly murdered her own children, should not be able to be outside, go on walks, picnics, to the movies or a library etc... She needs to be put down. There is no excuse for murdering children EVER!

Heavy... Heavy_Pipe

Shes better now. Let her out

sterl... sterling21

I have great sympathy for mothers with mental illness, but she waited for her school children to come home before killing them, she pre meditated those murders, thats not a sign of mental illness. She should be in prison with other first degree murders.

Frost... FrostyMelted

@sterling21 - Your statement is completely false. Please learn something about the case so you don't say something so stupid in the future. How they died was horrific and sad, particularly for the oldest child. They are owed more than someone making false statements in a comment section on a website. 

lalab... lalaboosh

She truly believed that her children would go to hell if she didn't kill them. That's pretty insane.

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