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article imageMother, 3 Children Found Dead In Mobile Home, A Baby Found Alive

By Carolyn E. Price     May 29, 2007 in Crime
The bodies of a 23-year-old woman and her four small daughters were found hanging in a closet in their mobile home earlier today. All of them were dead except for the youngest, an 8-month-old baby.
Police are reporting that it was the woman's sister who found the horrific scene. After her sister did not show up for work, the sister stopped at the mobile home to see what was wrong. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said when the sister realized the baby girl was still alive she was able to rescue her.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims in an Oak Hills mobile home park, located around 25 miles away from Forth Worth.
The three girls who died were 5, 3 and 2, and they had all had been hanged with strips of clothing and sashes. Fowler said: "It's terrible, terrible."
The baby was taken to a children's hospital in Fort Worth and it is being reported that she is in good condition.
Neighbors in the rural community of 1,600 were stunned. Fewer than five years earlier, another Hudson Oaks family was torn apart when Dee Etta Perez, 39, shot her three children, ages 4, 9 and 10, before killing herself.
Neighbor Joyce Harris says of the family: "I just got a big kick out of watching the kids play over there on her porch, and today it's sad, very sad."
The Sheriff is reporting that the hangings appear to be a murder-suicide. The young mother and her girls were last seen alive Monday evening, he said. It is believed that the woman is separated from her husband. He has been notified of the deaths.
In recent years, Texas has seen a disturbing number mothers killing their children. In a highly publicized case, Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family's Houston bathtub in 2001. In 2003, Deanna Laney beat her two young sons to death with stones in East Texas, and Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her daughters in a Plano bathtub. Dena Schlosser fatally severed her 10-month-old daughter's arms with a kitchen knife in 2004.
In all four cases, the women were found innocent by reason of insanity. Original Andrea Yates was convicted of capital murder, however, it was overturned on appeal.
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