Edmonton Sun

Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Mother of drowned U.S. kids indicted

Edmonton Sun

HOUSTON -- A woman accused of drowning her five children has been indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges.

Andrea Yates, 37, was indicted on one count of capital murder for the deaths of her sons Noah, 7, and John, 5, and on another count for the death of her daughter Mary, 6.

Yates has remained in jail since police were called to her southeast Houston home June 20. When police arrived they found the bodies of four children still wet under a sheet on a bed. Noah was found in the bathtub.

Russell Yates has said he believed his wife was suffering from "psychotic side-effects" of postpartum depression at the time of the killings.

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