A Pennsylvania mother is being accused of the unthinkable.
Police found her 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons unresponsive in a bathtub filled with water when they arrived at Laurel Schlemmer’s home. Her youngest boy, Luke, was later pronounced dead; his brother Daniel remains in critical condition with no brain activity.
Schlemmer explained to authorities that she wanted to kill these two children so that she could be a better mother to her eldest son, who is 7. She also confessed that "crazy voices" told her to push her children underwater. They believe she not only did that, but she then sat on top of them until they stopped moving underneath her.
What. The. F***.
Now, she’s being held without bond as she awaits trial, charged with homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment.
What makes this tragedy even more devastating is that this may not have been Laurel’s first attempt at killing her kids.
Last year, Schlemmer backed over the same two children in the family minivan in what was thought to be a horrible accident at the time! Both of her sons suffered serious injuries because of that incident, especially her youngest who couldn’t even walk for some time afterwards!
Friends and family never questioned whether or not Laurel meant to run her kids over though, since she swore to cops that she thought they were inside the house at the time.
In this new context, it would certainly appear she intentionally tried to run them over.
It sadly doesn’t even end there.
In 2009, Laurel was cited for leaving one of her kids in a scorching hot car unattended. Our hearts break just thinking about what these boys have gone through.
A tragedy in every sense of the word.
[Image via ALLEGHENY COUNTY POLICE.]
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