Reports have surfaced of a Texas mother named Otty Sanchez, 33, who gruesomely murdered her only child. Sanchez had spent years in and out of psychiatric care, according to her aunt Gloria Sanchez, who told the Associated Press, "Otty didn't mean to do that. She was not in her right mind," while holding back sobs.
"At this particular scene you could have heard a pin drop," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Monday. "No one was speaking. It was about as somber as it could have been." What stunned the police into silence was the scene they walked into on Sunday, where they found Sanchez suffering from self-inflicted wounds to her chest and her throat, screaming "I killed my baby! I killed my baby!"
The baby boy, just 3 and a half weeks old, was dismembered, with three of his toes chewed off, his head severed and his brains ripped out. Apparently Sanchez ate some of the child's brains, telling police that the devil made her do it. "It's too heinous for me to describe it any further," McManus told reporters.
Doctors are now wondering whether or not postpartum depression came into play, which would make this the most recent in a string of cases in which mothers have killed their children after giving birth in Texas. Andrea Yates drowned her five children in her Houston home in 2001, and a jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity due to severe postpartum psychosis in 2006. More recently, Dena Schlosser of Plano, TX, killed her 10-month-old by cutting off the baby's arms and was found not guilty by reason of insanity as well.
The community seemed to be shocked by the senseless violence. Allen Taylor, a neighbor of Sanchez's, said, "Once she gets back in her right mind, she's going to be devastated."