A new mother's relationship with her mother-in-law can be strained at best, but this one turned nightmarish. Ellyzabeth Rainey, 20, was a new mom who was under a huge amount of stress -- she reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and was going through a divorce. No doubt her husband's mother, Deborah Rainey, thought she was doing the right thing by moving in with the couple to help take care of their 2-month-old baby. But things soon became heated between Ellyzabeth and Deborah, who had a history of arguing, and then they turned into the stuff of horror movies.
Ellyzabeth and her husband, Jason, were living with Jason's mom, Deborah, in an apartment in Colorado Springs when one day a neighbor called police over a noise complaint. Police arrived to hear a baby crying and spotted a bloody knife.
Ellyzabeth reportedly told officers that she had just killed someone and threw the baby at them in an attempt to escape. The child was unharmed and Ellyzabeth was arrested. Soon, cops discovered the gruesome thing that Ellyzabeth had done.
The new mom's mother-in-law was dead and stuffed under a mattress. Ellyzabeth killed her by pouring boiling hot water on her, throwing free weights at her, stabbing her, and then pouring bleach into her mouth and nose. I can't imagine a more horrific way to die.
The sad thing is that Ellyzabeth had only recently been hospitalized for hearing voices that were warning her about her mother-in-law, and she was apparently hallucinating. She also claims she has been bipolar since she was a child, though she took no medication for it. Combine that with being a new parent and going through a divorce and not getting along with your MIL anyway -- well, this was a disaster waiting to happen.
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It's tragic that Deborah had moved in to take some of the pressure off the couple -- and paid with her life.
Ellyzabeth was found guilty and sentenced to 41 years in prison. It doesn't sound like Ellyzabeth got much mercy for having a mental disorder. Granted, it is difficult to feel sorry for someone who committed this kind of unspeakable crime. But it sounds like Ellyzabeth was in no position to be taking care of a baby at that time. It's tragic she didn't get more help before this happened.
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