For those who hadn’t heard, LaShaun Harris, the Oakland, California mom who thought God told her to toss her kids into the river, was found legally insane by a judge. Too bad no one made that determination BEFORE she murdered her children. This is an obviously sick woman who should never have been left to care for kids.
LaShaun Harris, the mentally ill mother who threw her three kids into the San Francisco Bay and blamed it on Jesus, has been found not guilty of murder and guilty of assault. The jury’s still weighing both second-degree murder and manslaughter. The assault charges carry a possible life prison term – but first, during the penalty phase, jurors will consider whether Harris was legally sane at the time of the crime. Once again, we have a case where a woman who was a known danger to herself and others was allowed to keep raising her kids…with all too predictable consequences.
I encountered this story on Friday, and decided to save it for a weekend write-up. I was reminded to get off my ass and post it by Ven’ys of Akarya, who sent me the link and said, “I saw this, and unfortunately, thought of you. Sorry.” No problem, Ven’ys; I’ve gotten used to people thinking of me when tragedy rears its head.
Tonight’s tragedy focuses on one LaShaun Harris of Oakland, California. The mother of three is accused of driving to San Francisco last October, undressing her three sons, and dropping them one by one off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All three – ages 6, 2 and 16 months – drowned in the chill October waters of San Francisco Bay.
You may have guessed that Harris isn’t all that right in the head. In fact, she’s insane. She believed by throwing her boys in the water that she was sending them back to God. She spends her days writing letters to them, convinced that they’re in Heaven with Jesus. Even before this incident, it was obvious that her grip on reality was tenuous: she would stare through people, see imaginary insects, and talk on the phone when no one was on the opposing end.
No snark from me on this one, folks. Harris will get the sentence – and, hopefully, the help – she desperately needs. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left to ask how the system failed to protect these kids. Why was a mom with such a slight grip on her own sanity given free reign with three small children?