yet another stabbing murder of a child

@jene1985 (227)
Australia
July 5, 2007 4:25pm CST
Its really quite disturbing lately all these murders going on in Australia of young children 5 and under by there own family I have mental illnesses and in the past have been psychotic and unaware of things I was doing so my question is if these people turn out to be mentally ill should they still be held responsible considering if they were in a psychotic state that they werent aware of their actions? how do you feel about this issue?
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@trasauma (43)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Its not just in Australia. The murder of young children by their parents, especially mothers, seems to be on the rise everywhere. In my opinion whether these people are mentally ill or not, they are accountable for their actions. Because it is what it is and that is murder. There have been a lot of big cases in the states with mothers using the postpartum defense. Which makes me sick. I have suffered with depression all of my life. I had 4 children and after the first 2 suffered from severe postpartum, but would never have thought of harming my children. I also think in these cases there are more people besides the murderer that should be held accountable. For instance : a few years ago in Texas there was a woman who drowned her 5 kids. She had been suffering from postpartum. All of her neighbors went on the record of saying she was sick and they had had concerns. Her mother commented on how her daughter had a bald spot on her head because she would tear her own hair out and the would make comments all the time to how overwhelmed she was. And yet the husband wanted more kids, and no one did anything to get her help. I am not saying she should not be charged, but that all of these people around her should be charged with negligence as they watched it happen. But what I am getting at is in my opinion the murder must be held accountable ill or not.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I totally agree with your post trasauma. I live in Texas and the mother that killed her 5 children I remember well. If she was in such bad shape I don't understand why at least her mother didn't take those kids from her or have the CPS take them away until she got the help she needed and got well. It makes me so mad to hear now days everything is blamed on mental illness and postpartum. Yes, even the mentally ill should be held accountable and get some help.
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@jene1985 (227)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
te problem we have in australia um particualy n rural parts is there is no help for people like me with mental illnesses if I were to have another severe episode no hospital would take me in as there are very few mental health professionals people want help but there is none available
@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
5 Jul 07
This same hing is happening in the USA also, and it is very disterbing. I do not see for the life of me how anyone can kill their own children after giving birth to them and raising them.I do believe that if these people do have a mental condition,they still should be held accountable for their actions.They must be instutionalized or something.If they did this to their own children, it is possiable that they could also do the same to another child.They need help.If they are not aware of their actions they may be a hazard to their own self as well.
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@jene1985 (227)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
I am sure it is happening everywhere but I am interested to know peoples view particually because in the last couple of weeks theyre has been a huge increase in this I personally here in Australia blame the government for not putting funding into the public health system and getting people who need help the help they need people are needing it and asking for it but if its not there what is one to do?
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
6 Jul 07
i know where your coming from, i have found it quiet disturbing as well. how could people do such a thing to children, and you would understand more of it all since you have experience the illness. my friend has a daughter, and she become mentally ill and the department of i cant think of the proper name but they look after kids, took her daughter and made her live with the father to give the child stable living til the mother becomes more stable.
@jene1985 (227)
• Australia
6 Jul 07
I think in some ways having a mental illness myself actually makes it harder to work it out like because I have two viewpoints which conflict each other while it makes me sad to hear these things I also have experience of going through mental illness myself not sure if you understand what I mean
• Australia
6 Jul 07
yeah i do know where your coming from, but not fully as i havent experienced it personally
@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
that's really tragic. it's hard to put the blame on the person considering non of this was really intended by the person. but then it's hard not to put the blame on the person either because even with such mental disorder, a kid had to die. i think it's imperative to have someone take care of the kids or at least have some other guardian in case the sick parent loses it. or at least have social services intervene for the kids' sake.
@jene1985 (227)
• Australia
6 Jul 07
its a hard thing to know who to blame i hear you there noone should have to die ecspecially children because of someone with mental illness but as I said earlier here in australia in the bush or rural parts there isnt the services for the mentally ill its not that they dont want help but its not here and that is sad because these things can be prevented if the funding was put in by the government ty for responding