A Mother's Madness | Andrea Yates Documentary

  • Published on Feb 25, 2016
  • Andrea Pia Kennedy Yates (born July 2, 1964) is a former resident of Houston, Texas, who confessed to drowning her five children in their bathtub on June 20, 2001.[1] She had been suffering for some time with very severe postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. She was represented by Houston criminal defense attorney George Parnham. Chuck Rosenthal, the district attorney in Harris County, asked for the death penalty in her 2002 trial. Her case placed the M'Naghten Rules with the Irresistible Impulse Test, a legal test for sanity, under close public scrutiny in the United States. She was convicted of capital murder. After the guilty verdict, but before sentencing, the State abandoned its request for the death penalty in light of false testimony by one of its expert psychiatric witnesses. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. The verdict was overturned on appeal.[2]
    On July 26, 2006, the Texas jury in her retrial found that Yates was not guilty by reason of insanity. She was consequently committed by the court to the North Texas State Hospital, Vernon Campus,[3] a high-security mental health facility in Vernon, where she received medical treatment and was a roommate of Dena Schlosser, another woman who committed filicide by killing her infant daughter. In January 2007, Yates was moved to a low security state mental hospital in Kerrville.[4]

Comments • 7 537

  • Maureen love
    Maureen love 15 hours ago

    All the red flags and he still continued impregnating her and leaving her with the kids ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

  • Sabrina Twigg
    Sabrina Twigg 17 hours ago

    I'm sorry I have 5 children and my husband was always gone; my husband was always flying across the European Continent. I would not kill my children...they are 30 years an older....she is sick. Although I think her husband has something to do with this

  • dan cussin
    dan cussin 22 hours ago

    This may be one of the saddest true crime stories. Beyond sad. The "minister" and Rusty should all be in jail for life.

  • Kim F
    Kim F Day ago

    Drowning is an awful way to die... if this woman really just wanted to send her kids to heaven, she could have used car exhaust, which is painless. Filthy scum!!

  • Kim F
    Kim F Day ago

    Organized religion gone wild... ๐Ÿ˜”

  • Domi KM
    Domi KM Day ago

    I'm SO glad Rusty's second wife divorced him. Hope she took their son with her and fought out a decent child allowance. What a miserable and disgusting specimen of male sex

  • Sofia H
    Sofia H Day ago

    The man s fault she did it. Why did he have 5th baby. He set it off everything! Asshole. He s the killer too.

  • Sofia H
    Sofia H Day ago

    14k who liked this- assholes. All of you ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ–•

  • Dennet Duarte
    Dennet Duarte Day ago

    This is so sad. He divorced her when she needed him most ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. To the husband. How could you not take care of your wife when she had post partum syndrome? I can see in her eyes that she's fed up of all the suffering she had plus her father was sick too. It's too much for her to handle . And where are all her siblings to help her too? And to the pastor you should have help her while she's on a trial. Where were you all of her love one's when she needed you all the most?

  • J C
    J C Day ago

    look at all the moronic responses below, trying to make her the victim; listen to the initial call to the police; she knows what is going on and able to distinguish right from wrong. She should have got the chair, but in a weird way, she is kind of a turn on also.

  • Style Magnifique

    These fucked up people who preach , are terrorists and they still doing it. These people hiding behind religion are sick and have to be stopped

  • Bruno Oliveira
    Bruno Oliveira Day ago

    if a man doing this no matter what he would be already death...

  • Jazz
    Jazz Day ago

    Wow so many red flags! Smh she should not have been left alone with those poor babies.

  • Cool as Ice
    Cool as Ice Day ago

    Women are evil... Some more than others. They will HATE a person but never tell them. She hated those kids but kept it from everybody until one day she lost it.

  • theo barbu
    theo barbu Day ago +1

    People are just sick and crazy .... and still they giving birth to innocent babies so they can just kill them after that!!! Wtfff !!? How can you listen to some fucked up "priest" and move into a bus with your family because this is how you suppose to be "humble"??? Ffs!!!

  • DeannaMC
    DeannaMC 2 days ago

    I wonder if the mark that God put on Cain after he killed Abel was pale skin. That is why they kill and hate so easily. It's in their blood and a part of their nature.

  • Monetize With Sis G
    Monetize With Sis G 2 days ago +1

    Andreaโ€™s beliefs ultimately led her to psychosis. Be careful of these cults. Her husband was just as much brainwashed as she was. Poor woman, does anyone have an update on her? Was this preacher arrested?

  • Monetize With Sis G
    Monetize With Sis G 2 days ago +4

    Some street preachers can be toxic damn. How do you expect to sway people like that? Too many toxic beliefs. God is good, but people make him bad.

  • Satoria Robinson
    Satoria Robinson 2 days ago +1

    Rusty is a dumbass. Itโ€™s his fault his kids got killed. He knew his wife was mentally unstable

  • Sashaye Brewer
    Sashaye Brewer 2 days ago

    I know that what she did was wicked, but at what point do they take into consideration that this woman's mental health was in a state of disarray? It was all documented. At what point does this country take the mental health crisis seriously? She was released several times with no solution, all because her "Insurance ran out?" How many more children, and innocent people have to die before something is done? Attempting suicide, nervous breakdowns, scratching bald spots in her head, claw marks on her legs, chewing her fingers...was all that taken into consideration? She NEVER should have been left alone with those kids...poor babiesโ˜น๏ธand he just keeps getting her pregnant. They were all so beautiful. God bless them๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  • Jennifer Renz
    Jennifer Renz 2 days ago +2

    Let's have more kids while living in a mess. Omg.

  • Clarisse Riparip
    Clarisse Riparip 2 days ago +2

    Postpartum depression is no joke. What more her situation? And she fought for so long! So many people had failed her :( My heart breaks for these children ๐Ÿ’”

  • G Cristina
    G Cristina 2 days ago

    She looks sick

  • Noreen Mountain
    Noreen Mountain 2 days ago +2

    He believes that women are born of evil?? And yet who wages war, who surpresses the other? Who is the nurturer, the love? This is why religion is EVIL

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  • Noreen Mountain
    Noreen Mountain 2 days ago +5

    My husband committed suicide when our daughter was 3months old. Mental illness is mental illness and sane people can never make sense of it so dont try๐Ÿ˜ž

  • janette butler
    janette butler 2 days ago

    way to go Rusty, you screwed up big time!!

  • Jan Kenny
    Jan Kenny 2 days ago

    The mental health system failed her and her poor wee ones. The American government has forgotten these people who are mentally ill. Sad. ๐Ÿ˜ข ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • giggity
    giggity 2 days ago +1

    Both are incompetent parents and spouses, one is a fool and the other is insane and this two decide to have babies WTF.

  • s_ shaddows.
    s_ shaddows. 2 days ago

    People like this can have as many as kids as they want and neglect them, lost them and not care, or kill them. But people like me canโ€™t have one. It makes me sick.

  • stephanie reece
    stephanie reece 3 days ago +1

    Rusty and Andrea failed those children

  • Maw Maw
    Maw Maw 3 days ago +1

    The doctor told her and her husband not to have any more children but she had another one and 6 months later she broke for good.

  • Limou Zine
    Limou Zine 3 days ago

    This might sound far fetched but he seems to have been possesed and the possesion made her do what she did...

  • Jinty C
    Jinty C 3 days ago

    Feel so sorry for this woman and her kids, god people have a lot to answer for

  • Larissa Hostetter
    Larissa Hostetter 3 days ago +3

    Something is wrong with that husband!

  • Ella Jackman
    Ella Jackman 3 days ago +3

    raising 5 kids without a partner being present is hard enough then add religion getting shoved down her throat ontop of a severe mental illness going untreated, i dont feel anything but sorrow for this woman, she didnt have the support or resources she needed and deserved

  • zaq voir
    zaq voir 3 days ago +1

    christian lunacy

  • zaq voir
    zaq voir 3 days ago

    what qualified this mother to home school her kids?

  • zaq voir
    zaq voir 3 days ago +2

    sick sick sick everybody involved and that includes "jesus" "the easter bunny" "the tooth fairy" and "santa claus"

  • Smack
    Smack 3 days ago +1

    Overly religious people are a liability to all around them.

  • nicole Kelly
    nicole Kelly 3 days ago

    Phychiatric prison is the worst. She has what's coming to her.

  • nicole Kelly
    nicole Kelly 3 days ago

    When is her date to be executed? I have no murcey for this filth

    • nicole Kelly
      nicole Kelly 3 days ago +1

      @Smack moron. I speak 5 Launguages. What about you?

    • Smack
      Smack 3 days ago +1

      You can't even SPELL it.

  • Ashiah Donaldson
    Ashiah Donaldson 3 days ago +2

    False teaching and false prophets. Beware (don't have itching ears). God is Love. And anyone can come to God. Salvation is for everybody, not just a specific group.
    Poor babies.....I feel bad for the whole family.

  • Karen Gabeaud
    Karen Gabeaud 4 days ago +4

    I know we are supposed to see her as a monster, but honestly she was failed repeatedly by everyone who could have saved her and her children. Had she received the care she needed, this never would have happened.

  • Tony ARC
    Tony ARC 4 days ago

    Imagine being the last kid drowned seeing your brothers and sisters dead. 6:09 fuck them eyes give ya nightmares

    THE NAFERATU 4 days ago +1

    CAN I JUST POINT OUT: lgbt+ inclusive phone assistant from 911, what a Miracle!
    "Your Husband?"

  • Search
    Search 4 days ago

    Why do "White Murderers" GET SO MUCH SYMPATHY??????

  • icecream dragon
    icecream dragon 4 days ago


  • Foodis Life
    Foodis Life 4 days ago

    Wow heartbreaking ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿฅบ She doesnโ€™t deserve to be called a Mother of these kids.

  • Remy Simoneau
    Remy Simoneau 4 days ago

    J'ai pris set merde Adol mais je n'ai jamais eu d'hallucinations ni de putain de pulsions.

  • Remy Simoneau
    Remy Simoneau 4 days ago

    She not sic personne she toxique

  • Kat Tovar
    Kat Tovar 5 days ago +9

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
    clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

  • Fee Mac
    Fee Mac 5 days ago

    06:07 The camera close up of her with her dirty face and greasy hair, hanging like snakes, seem as if she's wilfully trying to make herself look nuts. The eyes are those of Satan's though.

    • Smack
      Smack 3 days ago

      Another overly religious, self righteous weirdo. You people think you know it all& are the biggest hypocrites!

  • jessica love
    jessica love 5 days ago +1

    shes a psycho and bec of that she doesnt have the right to live bec. she might cause harm to other people. thats why they gave her Guilty.

  • Mouthy Mama
    Mouthy Mama 5 days ago +8

    How awful. Just look at her dead eye stare. She looks insane. RIP 5 angels.

  • Panta Rhei
    Panta Rhei 5 days ago +5

    Religion is always delusional.

    • Smack
      Smack 3 days ago

      So many think they are the chosen one's & are so deluded it's pathetic.

  • 1223 1223
    1223 1223 5 days ago +3

    All the partyโ€™s involved from the crazy preacher & husband itโ€™s a shame this happened.

    • CammieInOz
      CammieInOz 2 days ago

      A shame is when you lose your grocery list and can't remember what was on it.
      What happened to these innocent children is beyond tragic and inconceivable.

  • Stephen Worrall
    Stephen Worrall 6 days ago +2

    I blame religion every thinks about religion. All religions

  • Erik Nicholas
    Erik Nicholas 6 days ago

    Who cares if your depressed i was depressed one time didnt make me a killer? She just evil i say drown her that stupid bitch n her dumbass husband that retard

  • Jeannette V.S.
    Jeannette V.S. 6 days ago

    How much?

  • Ainsley Flint
    Ainsley Flint 6 days ago +1

    This woman was terribly abused.

  • Nope No way
    Nope No way 6 days ago +5

    There is no questioning her sanity. Anyone who can kill 5 little ones is completely insane.

  • Rommel Navarrette
    Rommel Navarrette 6 days ago +1

    Something is up with the husband.

  • Cindy Frazier
    Cindy Frazier 7 days ago

    This bitch needs to be drowned and revived for every child she killed. Then put a bullet in her head. BITCH

  • Abegail Kaminski
    Abegail Kaminski 7 days ago

    Reminds me of the movie Baby Blues

  • BFan60
    BFan60 8 days ago

    toxic femininity

    KEZA SMITH 8 days ago +1

    It seems like she might have needed help before Rusty and when he came along and the fake pastor ut just did her in. 5 kids and caring for a parent l. Wow! Why was she allowed to keep her kids. Is that normal?

  • Cheryl D. Moore
    Cheryl D. Moore 8 days ago +3

    This woman was very mentally ill in addition to minimal help from her husband...she was incredibly overwhelmed and unwell!!! Read her psychiatrists notes!!! Travesty!

  • Momad Faruque
    Momad Faruque 8 days ago

    What is wrong with white people? That priest guy taking his children and wife to the streets for that!

    • Smack
      Smack 3 days ago

      Fuckwitted off race baiter. It's people like you who see something that involves the death of little kids, but you bring up pathetic RASICT shit. Go stick with "The most high chosen people"
      STFU & get a life you weirdos!

  • Momad Faruque
    Momad Faruque 8 days ago

    That is why I never want be perfect! I am good like this, failing sometimes, making my parents angry with me sometimes. Obvious that I am not going to be a disaster child but at the same time am not sticking to perfection