Texas Mom Who Killed Kids Drops Bid for Outings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) A Texas mother who drowned her five children in 2001 had dropped her request for permission to participate in group outings with other patients in the psychiatric hospital where she's under treatment.

The Houston Chronicle reports reports Andrea Yates dropped her request Monday because of the public scrutiny it has drawn. Last month, the 49-year-old woman and her doctors at Kerrville State Hospital had asked for a day pass to participate in supervised outside activities, such as picnics.

Her attorney George Parnham says she's the only Kerrville patient who has never received a group-outing pass.

Yates was convicted in 2002 of drowning her five young children, but an appeals court overturned the conviction. In a 2006 retrial, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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