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MOTHERS Accused Of Killing Their Own Children


News about a mother killing her own child is always shocking and difficult to understand. I personally have had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since Casey Anthony was acquitted last week, July 5, 2011, of killing her two-year old daughter Caylee Marie. Actually, that sick feeling began three years ago as I have watched this case unfold. As an outsider over 1,000 miles away from Orlando, Florida, I was admittedly preoccupied with this case. And without a doubt, I saw and heard more evidence than the jury ever did.

My intent is not to create a frenzy by giving my opinions here. And I do not want to give Casey Anthony any more attention that she so craves. In researching mothers accused of killing their own children, I’ve become amazed at the stories that I have never heard and the ones that I have not thought about for a long time. This is Sharyn's Slant . . .

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Alexandra V. Tobias -- Source: Huffington Post

Alexandra V. Tobias -- Source: Huffington Post

Alexandra V. Tobias

This young mother from Jacksonville, Florida was charged with the 2010 second-degree murder of her three-month old son Dylan Lee Edmondson. Apparently frustrated when her crying son disturbed her online Facebook game of Farmville, she pled guilty to shaking him to death. Tobias was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 50 years in prison but is eligible for parole in 10 years.

Susan Smith -- Source: 1994 Mugshot

Susan Smith -- Source: 1994 Mugshot

Susan Vaughan Smith

In 1994, this Union, S.C., mother led law enforcement on a nine-day fictitious manhunt for suspects that did not exist in the disappearance of her two young sons. What really happened instead was that she drove onto a ramp at a nearby lake with her boys sleeping in the back seat. The car remained in drive as she got out and released the brake. She watched as the car plunged into the lake and slowly sank along with Michael (3) and Alexander (14 months). Susan Smith was found guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. South Carolina law allows for parole eligibility in 30 years (2025).

Darlie Routier -- Source:

Darlie Routier -- Source:

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Darlie Lynn Routier

You may recall the news scandal when Darlie Routier and other family members held a “birthday party” at her children’s gravesites to celebrate what would have been Devon’s 7th birthday. Routier was videotaped spraying silly string and laughing on her sons graves. This occurred just eight days after the murder of two of her three children in the family home in 1996. Two sons, Damon (5) and Devon, were stabbed to death.

Initially, she claimed that an intruder murdered her two children. But nothing added up. Although accused of killing both children, this Texas mom was prosecuted and convicted for Damon’s death only. She is currently on death row. Her family maintains a website proclaiming her innocence

Julie Schenecker -- Source: Hillsborough County Jail / AP Photo

Julie Schenecker -- Source: Hillsborough County Jail / AP Photo

Julie Schenecker

Cases where mothers are accused of killing their children typically occur with younger infants and toddlers. Murdering teenage children is extremely rare.

Because they were “mouthy”, Julie Schenecker confessed to using a .38-caliber pistol to kill her two teenage children in January 2011. Son Beau (13) was found dead in a vehicle in their garage. Daughter Calyx (16) was found dead in an upstairs bedroom of their Tampa, Florida home. Both children were found with blankets covering them. Schenecker is being held without bond facing two counts of premeditated first-degree murder.

Stacey Pagli -- Source:

Stacey Pagli -- Source:

Stacey Pagli

Nearly a year after the February 2010 death of Marissa Pagli (18), her mother confessed to first-degree manslaughter for strangling her daughter stating that she “pushed my last button.” Marissa was found dead at her family’s on-campus apartment where she was a freshman at Manhattanville College in New York. Her father was a maintenance supervisor at the college when he found her body. Stacey Pagli took a plea deal and will spend the next 20 years in prison.

Ka Yang -- Source: AP

Ka Yang -- Source: AP

Ka Yang

Sacramento California police were initially told in March 2011 that Ka Yang was holding her daughter Mirabel (6 weeks old) at the computer when she herself blacked out. When she awoke, her daughter wasn’t breathing. Investigators were suspicious when they found a pacifier in the microwave. Plus there were burns to the child’s face although her hair or clothes did not appear to be scorched. Following a three-month investigation, it has been concluded that the newborn died as a result of being burned in a microwave oven. Yang is being held without bail facing multiple murder charges.

Robin Lee Row -- Source: Photobucket

Robin Lee Row -- Source: Photobucket

Robin Lee Row

This is the only woman on Idaho’s death row convicted of killing her husband and two children from a previous marriage. Randy (34), Joshua (10) and Tabitha (8) perished in a house fire in February 1992. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson and ruled a homicide. Years earlier, Row had two other children that died. A son named Keith was killed in a 1980 California house fire that was ruled accidental. Another of Row’s babies was said to have died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

The Shooting Range Where This Incident Took Place -- Actual Video Surveillance Photos Are Too Graphic -- Source: Photobucket

The Shooting Range Where This Incident Took Place -- Actual Video Surveillance Photos Are Too Graphic -- Source: Photobucket

Marie Moore

While Marie Moore and her son Mitchell (20) were at a shooting range in Casselberry, Florida, she shot her son in the back of the head execution-style and then turned her gun on herself. The spring 2009 murder/suicide was caught on video surveillance. This Florida mother left several notes and audio recordings explaining her motive for this hideous act. They can be found by doing an internet search but are definitely too graphic to include here.

Lashandra Armstrong -- Source:

Lashandra Armstrong -- Source:

Lashandra Armstrong

This New York mom drove her minivan, loaded with her four children, into the Hudson River mid-April 2011. Her 10-year old son survived by climbing out a window and swimming to shore. Found dead at the scene were Lashandra Armstrong and three of her children: a five-year old boy, two-year old boy, and 11-month old girl. Just prior to the incident, this mother posted a message on her Facebook page asking for forgiveness “for what I’m gonna do.”

Monica Christine McCarrick -- Source: Fairfield Police

Monica Christine McCarrick -- Source: Fairfield Police

Monica Christine McCarrick

Facing the death penalty if convicted, this California mother is accused of stabbing to death her 3-year old twin daughters Lily and Tori. Accusations include using a samurai sword to murder her girls and set their apartment on fire in October 2010. She then attempted suicide but did not succeed. McCarrick has a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. She has pled not guilty to charges of child abuse, arson, evidence destruction and murder.

Andrea Yates -- Source:

Andrea Yates -- Source:

Andrea Yates

This mother stole the maternal filicide spotlight in June 2001 when she methodically drowned her five young children in the bathtub of their Texas home. Andrea Yates was convicted in 2002 of capital murder sentencing her to life in prison.

Her sentence was overturned in an appeal in which a new jury found Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in 2006. She initially was committed by the court to a high-security state mental institution and was moved to a minimum-security facility in 2007 where she remains. She is scheduled for a “recommitment hearing” in November 2011. Yates long-time lawyer, George Parnham, believes her doctors will release her recommending therapy at an outpatient facility.

Dena Schlosser -- Source:

Dena Schlosser -- Source:

Dena Schlosser

In November 2004, this Texas mother amputated her baby’s arms with a knife causing 11-month old Margaret to bleed to death. Schlosser called 911 admitting that she was “offering her child to God.” Her two older daughters were at school. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and interestingly, sentenced to a state mental hospital where she shared a room with Andrea Yates. The state released Schlosser from their care in 2008. In April 2010, she was ordered back to the state hospital after violating terms of her release.

Casey Marie Anthony -- Source: Mugshot

Casey Marie Anthony -- Source: Mugshot

Casey Marie Anthony

Most people, especially in the United States (and beyond), have likely heard by now the not-guilty verdict last week in Casey Anthony’s murder trial of her two-year old daughter Caylee. Obviously, she is not the first mother to be accused of killing her child. Yet her continued web of lies and lengthy trial captivated the nation for the past three years.

The not-guilty judgment has prompted relentless anger and outrage. USA TODAY/Gallup conducted a recent poll that determined approximately 64% of Americans think that Anthony killed her daughter.

The stories described above are by no means an exhausted list of mothers who are accused of killing their children in the United States. It is, however, an illustration of one of the most unthinkable acts that the majority of human minds cannot fathom. Here is a condensed list of additional mothers accused of killing their children (in no specific order).

  • Mary Beth Tinning, New York, is accused of killing nine of her own children between 1972 and 1985. She was arrested in 1986.
  • China P. Arnold, Ohio, is accused of killing her baby in the microwave in August 2005.
  • Otty Sanchez, Texas (2009), is accused of killing her newborn son in such a gruesome way, I will not elaborate here.
  • Susan Eubanks, California, is accused of murdering her four sons during a drunken rage in 1999.
  • Kenisha Berry, Texas, is accused of the 1998 murder of her newborn son by gagging him with duct tape and placing him in a garbage bin.
  • Michelle Sue Tharp, Pennsylvania, is accused of starving her seven-year old daughter to death in 1998.
  • Socorro (Cara) Caro, California, is accused of killing three of her four boys in 1999, ages five, eight and eleven, by shooting them in the head at point-blank range while they slept. The 13-month old son was unharmed. She shot herself in the head but survived.
  • Theresa Michelle Lewis, Virginia, was executed by lethal injection in 2010 for the murder-for-hire slayings of her husband and stepson in 2002.
  • Frances Elaine Newton, Texas, was executed by lethal injection in 2005 for shooting to death her husband and two children, a son (7) and daughter (21 months), for insurance money in 1987.
  • Marie Noe, Pennsylvania, is accused of the death of 10 of her children between 1949 and 1968. Not until 1999, Noe pled guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder. Now that she is in her 80's (born 1928), she was sentenced to 20 years probation that includes intense psychiatric studies.
  • And no doubt, there are numerous additional, disturbing accounts like these -- that are not present in this writing.


  • Mental illness
  • Depression
  • Think they are looking after the children’s best interest
  • Psychotic and irrational motivations
  • Drug dependency
  • Anger
  • Religion
  • Faith
  • Feelings that the children are a burden
  • Feelings of incompetency in caring for their children
  • Feelings of spite against the children’s father
  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • Feeling their children are an inconvenience
  • Family pressures
  • Financial pressures
  • Do not believe that giving them up for adoption is an option
  • Feelings of detachment and alienation from the family


These stories above seem to go against everything most humans intuitively believe about the bond between a mother and child. Don’t you think it’s true that as a society, we are reluctant to believe that a mother is capable of killing her child? And wouldn’t it be true to say that this hinders our ability to identify the warnings signs to prevent more tragedies?

This phenomenon is one that is extremely difficult to understand. For most people, it is unthinkable. The fear of losing a child is usually a life-long trepidation for most parents. Therefore, when a child is murdered by a parent, the accused receives little if any forgiveness and sympathy.

National Safe-Haven Logo

National Safe-Haven Logo


In general, the “Safe-Haven” Law (or Safely Surrendered Baby Law) in the United States allows a parent or person with lawful custody to surrender a baby to a Safe Surrender Site. Safe-Haven sites typically include hospitals/emergency medical services, police stations and fire stations. In some states, personnel responding to 911 calls and even emergency medical technicians can accept an infant. This law provides confidentiality without the fear of prosecution for abandoning a child. And some states allow parents to abandon unwanted children under the age of 19 with no questions asked.

Visit the STATE STATUES SEARCH HERE for specific state laws.


Sharyn’s Slant

Dedicated To All The Sons & Daughters Whose Life Was Cut Short By Their Mothers



SClemmons from the Carolina Coast on July 01, 2017:

Great article Sharon,

When researching for my Hub on Darlie Routier I was shocked to discover that in the state of Texas alone, 44 children were killed by their mother's in the past 21 years.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 18, 2014:

I totally agree Tisha! I wish it was that simple.

Tisha Stokes on November 17, 2014:

There are so many people like me that would love to have children but can not. If you have kids and you feel you can't handle them give them to a family member so that he or she can enjoy there future.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 18, 2014:

Hello Carbear ~ this is a really emotional topic but I agree, there are so many people out there that have the desire to have children and cannot. If it was only that easy to get those who do not want their kids to hand them over. Thank you so much for stopping by.


Carbear on August 14, 2014:

If you don't want your baby find someone that does and that can't have any of their own or the ones that do and want ore juts Find them and say here you want mine too

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 01, 2014:

Hi Gloria ~ I respect your opinion and this is really difficult to understand. But I think using the term "sick" is more appropriate. Thank you for stopping by.

Gloria Dempsey on June 29, 2014:

They are all nuts

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 09, 2013:

I agree Samita, than you for stopping by.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 26, 2013:

Hi Pamela,

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Pamela Collins on July 14, 2013:

Great work, Sharyn.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 18, 2013:

Hi Carla ~ YES! It really is disgusting and very difficult to understand. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving feedback. Thank you so much.


Carla on May 17, 2013:

How can any mother kill their child!!!!! It makes me sick I'm sorry but they deserve the death penalty. Children are innocent these stories above are so sickening the nature cruel nature if how these pathetic so called mothers murdered their children my god they are evil thank you for posting

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 03, 2013:

I totally agree with you A. Thanks for your feedback!

A on May 02, 2013:

wow i really cant believe how heartless people are especially the childs/childrens own mother. If you cant handle or don't want to be responsible for the child find someone who will step up & do it, don't just go out & plot to hurt your child. THIS REALLY HURTS ME CHILDREN ARE THE GREATEST GIFT FROM GOD NO MATTER WHAT TANTRUM OR FIGHTING THEY MAY DO........................................

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 27, 2013:

Hi WVUGIRL ~ I was shocked too when I did the research. I hadn't heard of many of them. I agree that these kids could have found loving homes through adoption. There is help out there for women who feel they may harm their children. They MUST reach out for help. Thank you so much for your feedback.


wvugirl2007 from Virginia on April 25, 2013:

I was shocked at the number of mothers listed on this hub for murdering their children. I had heard about Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Darlie Routier. I will never understand why mothers would do this. With the safe haven laws there are so many more options. The amount of people who would have taken these children and given them loving homes is large. I know that adoption is something I have considered and these beautiful children could have found their way to a loving home through that option. I hope more women become aware of the options out there to help them before they commit a crime like these.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 06, 2013:

Hi Kendra ~ I know a lot of people who had a hard time reading through this entire article. It is very sickening and scary. It is really hard to understand how a mother could hurt her child. I hope that by bringing more of this to light, women everywhere realize that there is help before it is too late. Thank you so much for your feedback. It's nice to meet you.


kendra hintzen on April 06, 2013:

I am not an American and it was too difficalt for me to continue reading I have 3 kids and I would not want anything bad happen to my children that's my worst fear when thay are sad i fell sad. Even when they are all grown up I will worry about them. I fell in love with them while they were moving with in my belly. I do hope something is done for other women who are out there with this illness before its too late .

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 07, 2013:

Hi Sophia ~ great to meet you. Yes, these types of tragedies are truly unbearable. And we can only hope that the numbers of these incidents are less and less. I appreciate you stopping by and thank you for the follow also.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 23, 2012:

Hi Michele ~ I don't understand it either. It's very scary. As you said, sure, brain chemistry is "blamed" but still, that doesn't make it easier to understand. Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate you stopping by.


Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 23, 2012:


This is a very interesting hub. I did watch the Casey Anthony case. To be honest, even with all the cases and with all the information in this hub, I still cannot understand it. I would rather die, protecting my child, then let anyone even harm my child. Yes, the brain chemistry is not normal, but I still cannot understand it.

Fantastic hub.

Voted up.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 10, 2012:

Hello N.K. ~ I agree this behavior is disgusting. It is very difficult to understand that a mother could do something like this. Yet, I will also say that I believe that mental illness plays a huge part. And that not enough is being done to help those that do not have the same brain chemistry as those that are considered "normal." I wish, at least, that earlier intervention would take place. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment!


Nontokozo Khanyile on May 10, 2012:

Im just so disgusted by some womens cannot justify this kind of behaviour no matter what the case is...don't these people have a conscience...they don't deserve to live among society...hey are a disgrace not only to human beings but also to woman like us who try so hard to be the best parents there is...shame on them

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 22, 2012:

Hi Vinaya ~ Yes, this information is shocking. And what you describe about the preference for a male child causes mothers to abort their fetus if it is not, is just awful too. Thank you for your feedback. I wish there was something more we could all do to stop these things from happening!


Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 21, 2012:

This hub shocked me. I had not know about infanticide in the West, however, in my part of the world female fetus abortion is rampant because of the preference for boy child.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 29, 2012:

Hi Linda,

It was a very difficult topic to write. I feel it is so important that no one ignores the warning signs. Thank you for your feedback. You gave me a boost of confidence :)


Linda Rogers from Minnesota on January 29, 2012:

It is scary how many stories there are of mothers killing their sweet babies. I do agree that in many of these cases there were warning signs that people chose to ignore. You did a great job writing a very difficult topic.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 18, 2012:

Absolutely Tammy, someone must intervene early. It is so heartbreaking, I can't even imagine. Thanks for your feedback.

Tammy from North Carolina on January 18, 2012:

This is one of the most heartbreaking societal issues known. It just breaks my heart. I live in the same area where Susan Smith drowned her little boys and this area is still in pain over this. Now we have Casey Anthony. I think more people need to speak up and intervene in these situations go awry. It is so important. Thanks for sharing this!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 17, 2012:

Hi Derek,

It is extremely awful yet it happens all the time. Something has to be done to intervene and stop this before it is too late. Thanks for stopping by.


Derek on January 17, 2012:

Wow this is really awful i cannot believe people would be so sick.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 05, 2012:

Good Morning rednickle,

Unfortunately, it does appear that mental instability and addiction are the top reasons. But you are right, still no excuse. There is lots of help out there! Thanks for your comments.


rednickle from New Brunswick Canada on January 04, 2012:

Thanks for sharing.Though this act is totally inhuman, i believe that it is usually triggered by forms of mental instability and excessive drug usage. But still these are not excuses to murder any child


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 03, 2012:

I understand homesteadbound, me too! If only there was a way to intervene before it's too late. Thank you for your comment! Happy New Year, and btw, congrats on the win for the Top 100. Way to go!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 03, 2012:

I am one of those women who was not able to have any children of my own and I would have been happy to parent any of these children. This is so sad to see people throwing away something so precious.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 03, 2012:

Hi Julianna,

All the "crap" with the Casey Anthony trial awhile back is what prompted me to research and write this article. It is heartbreaking and very difficult to accept that these things happen all the time. Many I'm sure are not even in the news. I'll have to check out your article. Thanks for reading . . .


Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on January 03, 2012:

Murdering a child is not any excuse. There are so many individuals and families who love children and cannot have them. If they don't want them give them up. This list is heartbreaking. I wrote about Jhessye Shockley in Arizona. Just recently on the news they found out she murdered her 5-year old daughter. I just don't understand any of it at all. Sad. :(

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 31, 2011:

Hi Susan,

SO true. It makes me sick to think of all the people who cannot have children and have a desire to be a parent. I know this was difficult to read. It was difficult to write. Wishing you a happy new year!


SUSANJK from Florida on December 31, 2011:

Very difficul to read and hard to believe, Especially when so many people desperately want kids and cannot have them.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 13, 2011:

Hi Deborah,

It is very difficult to understand how a mother could hurt her child. I understand not reading through it all, it is quite disturbing. I hope in some small way that a mother that has a tendency to hurt her child will see this and get help. Thank you for stopping by. I will check out your hubs as well.


Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 12, 2011:

This is very disturbing.. I know it happens.. It breaks my heart. i just don't understand it.. these are children.. thank you for sharing.. you are so right.. it does make me sick. I voted up..I had to cut short I couldn't read it all.. I love the video... so sad.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2011:

Hi Paula,

Thank you so much for your awesome compliments. It certainly seems like there is so much more that can be done in some of these cases. And working in the mental health field no doubt gives you a closer, more accurate perspective. Oh, I hope you are breathing okay now. Thanks again!


Suzie from Carson City on September 12, 2011:

Sharyn....You have presented this hub so well and with such grace. Despite the fact that I can barely take a deep breath at the moment, I thank you for the hours & heart you put into this for your readers. Some of these cases I am not familiar with, but you have prompted me to research. The Marie Moore case is especially egregious to me, having been in the mental health field for many years. Her story angered me as did Andrea Yates sad tale. I can state this with conviction, Sharon....these 2 Moms in particular, did not commit murder ALONE. In both cases, their severe mental illness was surely & blatantly evident over a long period of time. Family, friends, professionals & all close to these families, must own their own shame in their gross neglect to take PROPER, ongoing & intensive action as advocates for these women. I'm actually trying to calm down from the urge I have to just shake some people! WHAT does it take for healthy stable individuals to act when they can clearly see a serious tragedy approaching? My heart is so heavy. Once again, I must compliment you. You were born to write, dear.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 16, 2011:

Hello Nspeel,

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Knowing that all these children's lives ended at the hands of their mothers is very difficult to believe and understand.

Welcome to HubPages. I wish you the best!


Nspeel from Myrtle Beach on August 15, 2011:

amazing article very sad at the same time most these children had no fighting chance. People are ridiculous and look at life all wrong

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 07, 2011:

Good morning Qudsia,

I agree with you. Most people cannot understand if the unique mother/child bond is not there. And I believe that is why treatment is not sought out earlier for these troubled mothers. Thanks for your feedback.


QudsiaP1 on August 07, 2011:

Thank you for sharing this.

It upset me because it goes against the delicate balance of the universe...

From what I have read, I believe that the gestation period of 9 months creates and develops a unique bond between a mother and child.

How ever psychologically, if the mother develops hatred for the fetus for whatever reason; that hatred will only develop in time.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 06, 2011:

Hi Qudsia,

Your are so right. I'm sorry this upset you. We can only hope that these types of incidents become less every day. Thank you for stopping by - have a wonderful weekend!


QudsiaP1 on August 06, 2011:

Oh my God!!!!!!!!

This is dreadful... There is no excuse to kill a child. This sickens me.

So what if your baby was crying or getting on your nerves, you are the FREAKING parent for God's sake, they are your FREAKING responsibility!!!

Just people make me sick.

It just goes to say that just by giving birth a person does not become a parent.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 24, 2011:

Hi Sunshine,

Thank YOU, I already appreciate your feedback :) Will send the piece through email . . .


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 24, 2011:

Absolutely I would appreciate reading it. In my opinion I think you should post it regardless of others opinions even though I'm sure your sister means well. You could copy & paste it into a hub message but I'll send you my email anyway just in case that way doesn't work. I've added humor to my hubs also. Laughter is contagious and we all need it.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 24, 2011:

Hi Sunshine,

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the fan mail as well. I have to take the time to check out more of your "Casey" hubs. I can only imagine how it has affected you being so close.

Last week, I wrote a humorous article about C & G, but I got some negative feedback from my sister and decided not to post it. I wonder what you would think of it? If you are interested in reading it and giving me your thoughts, please let me know your email and I'll send it in a Word document. (send me a message through HP) I haven't read enough yet of your "Anthony" pieces to see if you would appreciate it or not because it is about C&G, not Casey. Thanks, have a great evening!


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 24, 2011:

Impressive amount of research you placed into this hub. It's sad but true....Casey isn't the first mother (or father) and won't be the last. I imagine how heart-breaking it must have been for you to collect the data to create this sombering hub. I unleashed venom in some of my Casey hubs...I normally never do but the three years took it's toll on me. Thank you for sharing.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 22, 2011:

Hi Pras,

It's great to see you here. I agree, we should not judge. Leave it to the courts. (but sometimes, that's hard to do)

I hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by!


prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 22, 2011:

Very provoking hub. They shouldn't do this, especially for their lovely children. They should be punished based on their crime. But I don't have right to judge them. Everything back to the court. Thanks for share with us and you open my eyes about what happened outside. I hope we can learn about these cases. Cheers...


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 22, 2011:

Hey Ghost,

I appreciate you stopping by here to check this out. You are right, some of the women have "that look." But I do think it's possible to see another photo of the same person and not feel that way.

Definitely depending on the "setting" - we may judge a person in a different light. These stories are so sad and very scary that something wasn't/couldn't be done before the tragedies occurred. Thanks for your comments!

BTW, I can't believe Pam is down to two!!! So cool. I know for myself, it is so hard and she is doing great! Take care,


Ghost32 on July 22, 2011:

Wow. Intense bit of research here, Sharyn. Good (though grim) work!

One of the most intriguing thing about these murderin' Mommies--to me, anyway--is the photo collection you've assembled. Some of them (Tobias, Pagli, Schlosser) should "I'm bad news!" right from the get-go. They LOOK like "killers should look" (either full of rage or just plain nuts).

But others (Smith, Row, Armstrong) do not. A fellow meeting one of these women in an "appropriate" setting (say a church potluck) might initially judge her to be excellent wife and mother material.

Shows you how little we know.

Voted Up and Interesting.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 19, 2011:

Hello youmeget,

I really appreciate your vote of confidence. Thank you SO much!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 19, 2011:

Dear Epi,

How are you sir? I so appreciate you posting my work to your Facebook page. Thank you. BTW, I love 48-Hours and 60-Minutes. This piece is very sobering. I hope that somehow, someone out there that needs help will utilize the resources that are out there and prevent more of these tragedies. Thank you dear for stopping by and commenting. Take care,


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 19, 2011:

Hello Wayne,

I appreciate you stopping by. This information was very eye opening for me. I never realized how common this was until I started researching. It is very sad and scary. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a great day!


youmeget on July 19, 2011:

voted up. Good job done.

epigramman on July 18, 2011:

..well this is quite a rogue's gallery that you have rounded up here in this sobering and horrific hub subject but a world class job done by you nonetheless and worthy of a wider audience hopefully so I am posting this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here.

This hub and your hard work of putting it all together reminds me of my favorite show on TV - CBS's 48 Hour Mystery - with the grit, truth and determination of another show from CBS - 60 Minutes!

lake erie time 7"47pm

Wayne Brown from Texas on July 18, 2011:

To see all of this in one spot and realize there might be a singular connection which drove most of it is overwhelming. Obviously mental illness must be a factor as murder, especially of one's own children, is a totally illogical step. Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause people to do some very strange things. These women seem to have all the cold blood aspects of a serial if they were relieved of a burden by their actions yet unaware of the horror of them. Very sad. WB

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 14, 2011:

Hi Maria,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. This was a difficult piece to put together. I hope things are well with you. I haven't been around too much lately reading hubs but hopefully I'll catch up eventually. Take care,


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 14, 2011:


I am proud of the detail and strength you put into this piece, which must have torn at your heart in the creation. You did a masterful job on a subject that needs to be laid out for the world to see. I will keep praying for a systems change where we can identify and help these women before children are remotely placed in such jeopardy. Voted Up and UA, mar.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 13, 2011:

Hello B,

Thanks so much for your "well done report" comment. That means a lot. This piece was difficult to research and write. Of course there are even more cases out there that I could have included. But it was very heart wrenching and I had to stop.

We can only pray that with all the options for help available, that these types of incidents will become fewer and far between. I appreciate you stopping by!


b. Malin on July 13, 2011:

How sad and Tragic our world has become...New Born Babies always make us Smile, we take them home, love them, nurture them and watch them grown, in most cases. When that goes wrong, We all suffer and ask why. I do believe these are Sick individuals who needed more Help then Society was able to give them. In the End, it is the children who become the Victims. Well done Report on this Subject Sharyn.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 13, 2011:

Hi Eiddwen,

I know without a doubt I would never be able to work in the legal system. In more recent years, I have had the unfortunate opportunity to be involved helping a friend with some legal troubles. The whole situation made me sick. The time and money involved was disgusting. And in the end, I do not feel that justice was served. So cases like Casey Anthony's truly get under my skin.

I really appreciate your support and kind comments. Thank you!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 13, 2011:

Hello Dan,

I checked out some of your hubs and DO SEE that this subject is close to your heart. Thanks for your awesome comments. You are right about the two "insanity" defenses (both from Texas, right?). I believe they did stop taking their meds. And ironically, they both may be out again soon.

And oh, the issue of drunk drivers burns me up. Thanks again for your great comments. Take care,


Eiddwen from Wales on July 13, 2011:

The system is the same wherever we live and could always be doing more.

I worked in the system for a good few years but finally left because I couldn't work in such a hypocritical system !!

This is written so sensitivly and thanks for sharing.

Take care


danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on July 12, 2011:

You have addressed an issue that has been close to my heart. The law requires a combination of act and intent that is simultaneous. Meaning that you can want to kill someone today, but forgive them tomorrow and accidentally drop an iron in their bathwater, you would not be guilty. To deal with drunk drivers who claimed that they did not have the required intent at the time of the accident, courts said that the driver had the intent when they chose to drink and maintained the intent until the time of the accident.

When two of the mothers you highlighted above received little or no punishment for killing their children because they were "not guilty by reason of insanity", I wanted to say, they were not born insane. In fact in both cases, the mothers reported that the psychotropic medications worked, but they did not like the side effects, so they stopped taking them. I believe they should take that reckless intent, then combine the conduct of them slaughtering their children and conclude that they are in fact guilty of murder.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Hello aethelthryth,

Thank you so much for your comments. I really don't know about maternal instincts after abortion but I would think it has some negative effect. Depending on the circumstances, I would think it's possible that the opposite occurs as well. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great night!


aethelthryth from American Southwest on July 12, 2011:

I have no idea how many of these cases it applies to, but I think it is hard to allow oneself to have maternal instincts if one has had an abortion in the past. I am thinking of a friend of mine who grew up as an only child, but knew that several of her siblings were aborted. (She has turned out to be a very good mother herself, but I think only because of forgiving her parents.)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Hi Cardisa,

I cannot understand it either. As I began researching, I was amazed at what I found. And of course, this does not include every case . . . I agree, the microwave thing is so disgusting. And so are many others. Many of them do show premeditation which is so hard to understand.

I hope that although this information is very disturbing, it may help someone out there see the consequences and get the assistance they need. Thank you so much for your comments.

BTW, I like your new pic-cute! Take care,


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Hello RJ,

Thank you so much for your kind comments and votes. They are very much appreciated. I will check out the hub you recommended. Thanks again!


Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 12, 2011:

Hi Sharyn,

This was very daunting. I can't understand how a mother can hurt her child. I am not American but I do believe Casey Anthony is guilty. These women should all face the death penalty. The woman who put her baby in the microwave should burn at the stake. There are two cases I really believe that the women were out of their minds, but the others were mostly premeditated and evil.

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on July 12, 2011:

This is very sad to see this occuring on this massive scale.

Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Oh Chrissy,

I very well remember your son's temper tantrums and other issues with the girls you went through as well. It was a difficult time for you. I really like how you said "the crying, screaming, fighting and sleepless nights, that alter ones thinking." Absolutely, these things are a part of parenting. And if one cannot handle the situation, there is all kinds of help out there.

You are a great Mom and Grandma! And definitely a GREAT sister to me. Thank you so much for your support with everything in my life. I love you too!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Hey Hyphen,

How are you? I also believe that some women never have that maternal bond. I'm not sure that it is done on purpose and/or they just don't have it within them. It's sad. I've seen it with someone I know. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Sister on July 12, 2011:

I read this over and it is a heart wrenching. It is a reality that can be diminished to some degree. How very sad for the children to endure such a tragic ending. As a mother of 3 and grandmother of 1, I understand the frustration that comes with the territory. The crying, screaming, fighting and sleepless nights, that alter ones thinking. However, I can honestly say when looking at my sons worst temper tantrum possible, or my daughters whining and crying, I loved them whole heartedly and that never changed for a minute. And I knew these actions were only temporary. For the moms out there that can not tolerate this please seek help. A quick reaction is devastating to the lives of the innocent. Very nice article sister. Love you.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 12, 2011:

There are so very many occurrences of mothers killing their children. It is heartbreaking and proves that women can be as cruel as men. I do believe some women never have that maternal bond. My heart just hurts.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 12, 2011:

Hey Mar,

Thanks so much for being the first to comment. I understand that it is a difficult piece to read and digest. I do think more can be done. I was thinking of television commercials that actually show a mother or father taking a child to a "safe haven" location. Something more visual to keep in the forefront for parents that are struggling.

I hope all is well with you Mar - thanks for stopping by!


marellen on July 12, 2011:

Wow...well I couldn't read all of it but its amazing how frequently this happens. I said it before and I will say it again. I always feel that family or friends know that things are not right and choose to ignore it. I'm not saying that anyone of these children could be saved but I do think more could have been done.

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