We feel that Dr. Saeed's actions of excessive, harmful treatment, and his lack of action to warn about the endangerment of the children, made him negligent in his duty to protect the childrenYates family files complaint with DA Apr 11, 2002
I called my mom and said, 'mom I think Andrea needs to be in the hospital.' Then we said, we, we couldn't do it because we'd just seen the doctor and it's the doctor who decides whether she's -- she needs to go to the hospital. He is the one that signs the admission form. And if he didn't think she needs to go to the hospital, then we're just going to have to make do at homeMental illness: My sister's suffering Mar 19, 2002
She's a victim, she's not a criminal. She needs treatment, she doesn't need punishmentHusband says Yates needs treatment Mar 18, 2002
To be there for her on a personal basis, woman to womanCommentary: Shifting sands of blame Mar 18, 2002
We suspected that this market was big, but we were surprised at just how big it really isLiving-Today: Issues of modern living Feb 14, 2002
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.