Texas cases of mothers accused of killing kids

Sept. 19, 2007, 5:06PM

© 2007 The Associated Press

HALTOM CITY, Texas — In the latest Texas case of a mother who apparently turned on her children, Alysha Green is accused of dousing her three daughters with gasoline and setting them on fire last weekend. She faces a capital murder charge after her 3-year-old died, and she has been charged with two counts of serious injury to a child as her 5- and 7-year-old daughters remain hospitalized.

Here are some high-profile cases of Texas mothers who killed their children:

_ Andrea Yates drowned her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years, in the bathtub of their Houston-area home in 2001.

_ Dee Etta Perez shot her 10- and 9-year-old sons and 4-year-old daughter and wounded her estranged husband before killing herself in her Hudson Oaks home in 2002.

_ Deanna Laney beat her 8- and 6-year-old sons to death with rocks and injured her 14-month-old son in East Texas in 2003.

_ Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 5- and 3-year-old daughters in a Plano bathtub in 2003.

_ Dena Schlosser severed her 10-month-old daughter's arms with a kitchen knife in 2004 at the family's Plano apartment near Dallas.

_ Gilberta Estrada hanged herself and her four children — ages 8 months to 5 years — in their Hudson Oaks mobile home in May. Only the youngest survived.

_ Andrea Roberts shot her husband and 11- and 7-year-old children to death before killing herself last month in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound.


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