Andrea Yates was suffering from postpartum psychosis when she drowned her five children - Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary - on June 20, 2001. She murdered them in the bathroom of the Houston, TX home that shared with husband Russell Yates in order to prevent them from ending up in hell. Andrea was found guilty in 2002, then had her conviction overturned four years later. She has since been in a mental institution undergoing treatment. Her case brought national attention to the plight of women diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and depression.
Russell Yates, father of all the deceased children, divorced her in 2005 and remarried the next year. Although he now appears to be supportive of his ex-wife, he reportedly insisted that she be left alone when caring for the children despite professional advice and he seemed to disregard the fact that she was was mentally ill and incapable of healthily bearing more offspring.
The Family Lived For A Time In A Converted Bus And Andrea Home-Schooled All Of Her Children By Herself; Both Things Seemed To Pressure Her ImmenselyPhoto: Today / YouTube
The Yates Family's Preacher Was A Huge Negative Influence On ThemPhoto: HLN / YouTube
Between 1999 And 2001, She Was Admitted To Mental Institutions On Four Different OccasionsPhoto: mallu girls / YouTube
She And Her Husband Were Told To Stop Having ChildrenPhoto: HLN / YouTube
Her Husband Was Warned To Not Leave Her Alone With Their KidsPhoto: Today / YouTube
A Psychiatrist Took Yates Off Of Haldol 16 Days Before She Drowned Her ChildrenPhoto: mallu girls / YouTube