My heart breaks this morning as I learned the 2nd child shot by his mother has died. His older sister, also shot by mom, passed away on Wednesday at the same hospital. The mother shot her two children and turned the gun on herself.
Apparently this mother was struggling, had no food, lived in a run down trailer, and was trying to get help. Denied several times for food stamps, she decided to go to the local welfare office and went about a seven-hour standoff with police. Her 12 year old daughter was updating Facebook while this was going on with comments like ‘may die 2day’.
Just last week I was questioning what prompts parents to kill? Then, it happened again. A mother who was either so upset about not being able to care for her children and getting denied for welfare or a mother who has severe mental illness, did the unthinkable.
According to the new release the father tried several times to get the children taken away from the mother with no luck. I can’t help but wonder, if they father was helping the woman care for the children.
Was this woman mentally incapable of caring for her children or did she feel like what she did would be best as opposed to letting her kids starve? I don’t know the answer but my heart aches for the children! Those poor kids knew the mother had went off the deep end and sat waiting for what was to come next.
I can’t imagine being in that situation! No mother wants to feel like she can’t care for her children. While, I would never resort to such drastic measures, I do know that people who feel helpless do often commit suicide. With the tough economic situation many resources are not available to offer assistance, due to the number of people requesting help.
People are in the same situation all over the US right now and resources are limited. What are people supposed to do when they are turned down and have exhausted all options? Starve?
Rest in peace little ones!
What do you think? Did she feel so desperate she’d rather the kids be dead than starving or was she suffering a mental illness?