Yates Hearing This Morning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Acquitted child-killer Andrea Yates is being committed this morning to a Texas mental hospital. A Houston jury has decided Yates did not know it was wrong to drown her five children in a bathtub five years ago.

The 42-year-old former nurse will be held until she's no longer considered a threat.

Yates' lead attorney says his client probably will be sent to North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, a maximum-security facility.

Attorneys successfully argued that Yates suffered from severe postpartum psychosis and, in a delusional state, believed Satan was
inside her and was trying to save the children from hell.

Prosecutors said Yates did not meet the Texas definition of insanity: being so severely mentally ill that she did not know her actions were wrong.

Yates was tried in three of her children's deaths, but prosecutors have no plans to charge her with the other two.

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