How Do You Drop Your Kids Off At A Child-Killer's?
Via Kate Coe, this story out of the NYT about a woman whose husband's ex (with whom he reunited) who shot killed her own two little girls, and is now being allowed to have the woman's teen boys living under her roof.
Trisha Conlon doesn't want her boys staying over with her ex-husband, John Cushing, and his first wife, Kristine, who claimed she was under the influence of Prozac when she shot and killed her 4- and 8-year-old daughters in their sleep. From an AP story:
After a decade of psychiatric monitoring, Ms. Cushing received an unconditional release from the State of California in 2005, when the authorities determined that she posed no risk. But that has done little to soothe Ms. Conlon. After learning that Ms. Cushing had returned to Mr. Cushing's home, Ms. Conlon went to court to alter the parenting plan for the two sons she had with him.
"I just don't understand how a person could have marital relations with the person who killed their children," Ms. Conlon said. "It just doesn't make sense to me."
But the court ruled against Ms. Conlon.
Commissioner Leonid Ponomarchuk of King County Superior Court said that since the boys had been spending time with Ms. Cushing since 2008 with no problems -- even if it was unknown to Ms. Conlon -- there was not evidence of a change in situation that would warrant a change of the parenting plan.
"I have to look at this dispassionately," Commissioner Ponomarchuk said. "Would I ever want my children around her? I would say no. But that is an emotional reaction coming from a parent."
In court declarations, Mr. Cushing has emphasized that Ms. Cushing was considered temporarily insane, and thus "there was no crime committed."
"There was a horrible tragedy that resulted in the deaths of our two daughters," Mr. Cushing wrote. Ms. Conlon and her lawyer, he added, "seem to feel that anyone who suffers from temporary insanity is incapable of recovering from that condition. Kristine's doctors disagree."
"Kristine M. Cushing is doing well," he wrote. "She is busy, enjoys life and loves me and my sons."
Mr. Cushing noted that he stored his guns at a friend's home when he was not using them at a range.
That must be a huge relief for the boys' mother. Are the kitchen knives also stored elsewhere?
We know an increasing amount about the brain, but we really don't know enough to guarantee that this woman is fine now, and that the Prozac defense was anything more than a grasp for her freedom. When you've slaughtered your own children in your sleep, are we really going to let you be around children?
You've got to love that teens who sext each other and are declared sex offenders for it can't be around kids, but a mother who shoots her sleeping children...no problem!