Comp 1 Essay

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Jett McCoy Composition 1 Online 09/22/2012 Why moms kill their own children. One of the most unthinkable crimes is when a mother kills her own children. Over the past few decades due to media coverage they have talked more about this topic. There are many different reasons for this type of crime. A very popular reason is post-partum depression. Another reason is sympathy. The final reason, that moms kill their own children is pure selfishness. Three of the most famous mother killers to discuss are Andrea Yates, Susan Smith and, Casey Anthony. Andrea Yates, mother of five boys killed each of her sons one by one by drowning them in the tub. Andrea was suffering from post-partum depression. Andrea was tried in a court of law and found guilty. The guilty verdict was overturned sometime later on appeal and was changed to not guilty by reason of insanity. Instead of prison time she was sent to a high security mental health facility. It’s important to remember that she had a long documented history of depression. She was forgiven by her husband at the time. Susan Smith another infamous mom who killed her own children was not mentally insane. Susan Smith was sentenced to life in prison for the drowning murders of her two young sons. Susan claimed she was carjacked by a black man and made dramatic pleas using media coverage to beg for the return of her two children. Susan led the police on a wild goose chase for nine days before admitting she had let her car roll into a lake and drown the two boys. Many Americans felt she enjoyed the attention. Susan stated she drowned her children because her new boyfriend had no interest in a ready-made family. Susan also used a psychiatric defense but to no avail, she remains hated by society. The last example of mothers who kill their children is Casey Anthony, perhaps the most famous of all. Although Casey Anthony was acquitted

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