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What Drives A Mother to Kill?

When you are pregnant you develop a bond with the baby. That bond strengthens when you feel the baby move for the first time, when you hear the heart beat and it definitely occurs when you go for your sonogram and you see your baby. It's such an amazing feeling. Unfortunately, this is not the case for every woman. Some women may find it difficult to bond with her unborn child.

So how does someone carry a baby for months, give birth, bring the baby home and then kill the baby? Have you been following the story about Megan Huntsman the 39-year-old woman who was arrested in Utah for killing at least six of her seven babies; one baby was born stillborn. She then stuffed their innocent lifeless bodies into individual boxes and packed them away in the garage. How can she look at herself in the mirror knowing what she has done? The news has labeled her a baby serial killer.

Baby serial killers are very rare. However, it appears that she is not the first woman who has been identified as an infanticide serial killer. Dominique Cottrez, a woman from Villers-au-Tertre, France, confessed to suffocating eight of her babies as newborns. Celene Lesage, another French woman who murdered six infants and hid them in a cellar. Marybeth Tinning was arrested for smothering her 4-month-old daughter. She was also suspected in the deaths of her eight other children. Unfortunately, she was never convicted for those deaths. Waneta Hoyt a woman from upstate New York murdered five of her children. She was sentenced to life, but died in prison while serving her time.

How could these women commit such a heinous act, let alone six or more additional times? Are there more babies we don't know about? Another question is WHY? The police have stated they think they know what Megan's motive was, but they are not going to disclose that information to the public. The bigger question is how come no one noticed these babies were never around or with their mother? Did they have an accomplice? Do these women have a history of mental illness? Were they suffering with postpartum depression? 

This could occur if the woman was diagnosed with postpartum depression or other mental illnesses. However that does not make it okay. I believe Megan, Dominique, Celene, Marybeth and the other women who killed their babies are cold, cruel and heartless. There are so many women who are not able to conceive (for whatever reason). I'm sure it would not have been difficult to find a few candidates. I don't know what I would do without my girls. They mean everything to me. They are my life; my reason for living. I don't know if I could live without them. I don't know what I would do without them. 

I believe any mother who kills their child(ren) are selfish. They are not thinking about the child(ren), but are only concerned with their feelings whether it's anger, heartache or pain.  In their mind, killing the child(ren), they are killing or ridding themselves of what is causing them pain.   When in reality it has nothing to do with the child,  but everything to do with what is going on with them mentally and emotionally. Please ladies if you have horrible thoughts about harming your child(ren) or yourself, please seek help.

Why do you think these mothers killed their babies?

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