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Yates asks for leave to attend church

Yates asks for leave to attend church

KERRVILLE, Texas, March 28 (UPI) -- Andrea Yates, initially convicted in 2001 of drowning her five children, has requested a weekly leave from a Texas hospital to attend church, her lawyer said.

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New son for father who lost five kids

HOUSTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Texan Rusty Yates, whose ex-wife Andrea drowned their five children, has become a father again with his new wife, reports KHOU-TV, Houston.

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Nowak to claim temporary insanity

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The lawyer for former astronaut Lisa Nowak says she will plead that she was temporarily insane when she attacked a romantic rival in Florida.

Expert says killer moms' bond not unusual

VERNON, Texas, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A psychiatrist says it isn't unusual that two women who made headlines for killing their children developed a friendship in a Texas state hospital.

Yates sent to N.Texas hospital

HOUSTON, July 27 (UPI) -- A Houston judge Thursday ordered Andrea Yates remanded to the maximum-security North Texas State Hospital for the killings of her five children.

Yates not guilty by reason of insanity

HOUSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- A Houston jury Wednesday found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of her five children.

Jury deliberating at second Yates trial

HOUSTON, July 24 (UPI) -- A six-woman, six-man jury Monday began deliberations at the second trial of Andrea Yates, the Texas woman accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub. Defense attorneys wrapped up hours of closing arguments pleading with jurors to find Yates not gu

Doc: Yates killing children was wrong

HOUSTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A psychiatrist for the prosecution alleges a Texas woman drowned her five children to prevent herself from failing as a mother.

Yates legally sane, psychiatrist testifies

HOUSTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Andrea Yates knew killing her children was wrong, but thought it was the best thing to do for them, a psychiatrist said in her murder retrial in Texas.

Defense rests in Yates retrial

HOUSTON, July 11 (UPI) -- The defense has rested in the retrial of Andrea Yates, the Texas woman accused of drowning her five young children in a bathtub.

Psychiatrist: Yates got messages from TV

HOUSTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Andrea Yates said she heard messages from movies and TV cartoons in the weeks before she drowned her children, a Houston psychiatrist testified Thursday.

Yates sobs at video of her kids' deaths

HOUSTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Andrea Yates broke into sobs in the second day of testimony at her Houston retrial for killing her children at their home in 2001.
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Andrea Yates
WAX2001080801 - 08 AUGUST 2001 - HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA: Andrea Yates, right, is led into a Houston courtroom by her attorney George Parnham for her arraignment on capital murder charges August 8, 2001. Yates is accused of drowning her five children. Parnham pleaded Yates not guilty by reason of insanity. cc/Pool Photo/Buster Dean

Andrea Yates (born July 2, 1964) a former Houston, Texas resident, is known for killing her five young children on June 20, 2001 by drowning in the bathtub in her house. She had been suffering for years with very severe postpartum depression and psychosis. Her case placed the M'Naghten Rules, a legal test for sanity, under close public scrutiny in the United States. Yates's 2002 conviction of capital murder and sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years was later overturned on appeal. On July 26, 2006, a Texas jury ruled Yates to be not guilty by reason of insanity. She was consequently committed by the court to the North Texas State Hospital, Vernon Campus, a high-security mental health facility in Vernon, Texas, where she received medical treatment and was a roommate of Dena Schlosser, another woman who committed filicide. In January 2007, Yates was moved to a low security state mental hospital in Kerrville, Texas.

Andrea Yates was born in Houston, Texas to Jutta Karin Koehler, a German immigrant, and Andrew Emmett Kennedy, whose parents were born in Ireland. Kennedy attended Milby High School, where she graduated as class valedictorian in 1982. She married Russell "Rusty" Yates, a computer programmer for NASA, on April 17, 1993, and the couple moved to the community of Clear Lake City, in southeast Houston.

The Yateses announced at their wedding in 1993 that they would seek to have "as many babies as nature allowed," a cornerstone of their newly shared religious beliefs, which were formed by the itinerant preacher Michael Peter Woroniecki. Woroniecki had been mentoring Russell Yates since meeting him at Auburn University in 1984, and Russell had introduced the preacher to Andrea in 1992. In 1996, after two children, Andrea Yates began showing outward signs of exhaustion, which became more obvious in 1998 after three children and one miscarriage.

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