Andrea Yates - Short Essay

Submitted By cindykay
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Andrea Yates Andrea (Kennedy) Yates was born on July 2, 1964 in Houston, TX. On April 17, 1993 she married Rusty Yates. She had five kids by Nov 30, 2000. She had her first child on Feb 26, 1994 that was Noah Yates, then Dec12, 1995 – John Yates, Sept 13, 1997 – Paul Yates, Feb 15, 1999 – Luke Yates, and Nov 30, 2000 – Mary Yates she was the last child the Yates had. Andrea had her first attempt on suicide on June 16, 1999 by overdosing on pills. She only spent 7 days in the hospital she was prescribed an antidepressant. When she got home she stop taking her meds, and began to self-mutilate, and refused to feed her children because she felt they were eating too much. She started to hallucinations and never told the doctors about it. On July 20, Andrea begged her husband to let her die she was again hospitalized and stayed in as catatonic state for 10 days. She then got put on new meds and they seem to help her so she was sent home hoping the keep helping her it did for a while but in March of 2000 she stopped taking the meds because she found out she was pregnant for the fifth time. March 12, 2001 her father died and immediately her mental state digressed. She stopped taking, refused liquids, mutilating herself, and would not feed her baby. She did go and see Dr. Mohammed Saeed; he did treat her with Haldol but discontinued it because he believed she was not psychotic. She was sent home but returned again and released again in 10 days he told her to think positive and see a psychologist. Two days later she drowns all five of her children in the bath tub. In 2002, Andrea Yates was convicted of murder for three of the deaths of her five children who were found drowned in her home in 2001. In April 2005, her conviction was overturned on appeal because of an error in the testimony of an expert witness for the prosecution in the first trial. A forensic psychiatrist testified in the prosecution's rebuttal phase