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Child-Killer In The Middle Of Custody Storm

By Eiges & Eiges, PC  Jan. 7, 2013 3:43p

Mother Who Slew Children Released From Mental Hospital, Remarries Husband

After learning that her ex-husband had remarried his first wife, a mother immediately filed for sole custody of her sons, claiming that their lives were in danger. The reaction had its roots in the events of a night more than 20 years ago, when the first wife fatally shot her own daughters while they slept in the couple's California home.

The complicated tale stretches back to 1991, on the night of the slayings. The first wife, K, was alone with her two daughters, aged 4 and 8, while their father was serving overseas in his capacity as an officer with the Marines. Due to a bad reaction to the prescription anti-depressants K was taking at the time, her defense team later argued, she suffered a debilitating mental breakdown and was driven temporarily insane. That night, after tucking the girls in to sleep, she retrieved a handgun and shot the daughters in their beds.

Upon learning of the tragic events, the father divorced his wife. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to the care of a mental hospital. The father eventually remarried another woman, T, in 1995. The couple had two sons before they divorced, citing irreconcilable differences, in 2004. According to their custody arrangement, T lived with one son for most of the year, while the father lived with the other. The boys spend vacations staying with one parent, with the father and mother trading off specific holidays.

All this changed in 2010, however, when the mother hired a private investigator to snoop around her ex-husband's home. She soon learned that the father had secretly remarried his first wife K. She had been released from psychiatric care in 2005, having been pronounced completely cured by medical professionals. Disbelieving that she could possibly be safe, however, T sought an injunction for sole custody of the boys, claiming she did not want them living under the same roof as K.

A judge will review the case, but has currently revoked the order, sending the two back to stay with their father for the holidays as previously planned. He claims that, because they had already been living with their stepmother for years, she did not pose an immediate threat to their wellbeing. Medical personnel are expected to testify on K's behalf, arguing that her insanity was temporary and will not return. T, however, remains unconvinced, telling reporters she fears for the lives of her sons.

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