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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