A Pennsylvania woman says that she tried to drown her two young sons because “crazy voices” told her to push the boys underwater.
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, has been arrested and denied bail after being charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and child endangerment after the woman tried to drown her two sons in the bathtub.
According to reports, Schlemmer put her older son, a 7-year-old, on the school bus and told the two younger boys to get in the bathtub. According to the official complaint “Schlemmer said after the boys got into the tub she got into the tub ‘fully clothed’ and ‘crazy voices’ were telling her to push the boys down into the water. Schlemmer explained that at one point she (was) sitting on top of boys while they were under the water in the tub.”
Detectives say Schlemmer told them that she did it because she thought she could be a “better mother” to the older boy “if the other two boys weren’t around and they would be better off in heaven.”
Schlemmer then pulled the boys out of the bathtub and called 911. The younger boy was pronounced dead in the hospital while the older boy remains in critical condition.
The charges against her also include tampering with physical evidence after Schlemmer tried to hide the evidence by putting the wet clothes in a bag and hiding the bag.
The mother of three has never been charged with any previous child abuse but did receive a citation for leaving one of her sons in a parked car. The child was okay but the temperature of the interior of the car had heated up to 112 degrees by the time the police arrived.
Schlemmer faces life in prison if convicted.