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'Crazy Voices' Told Mother To Drown Her Sons
A woman in Pennsylvania has claimed she heard "crazy voices" when she sought to drown her sons in the bathtub, killing one and leaving the other in a critical condition.
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, was jailed without bail on charges including homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment.
Schlemmer told Allegheny County detectives she tried to drown her two youngest sons, six-year-old Daniel and three-year-old Luke, after her seven-year-old son left for school.
A police complaint said: "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."
She went on to explain that she "thought she could be a better mother" to the oldest boy "if the other two boys weren't around and they would be better off in heaven", according to police.
Schlemmer pulled both boys out of the tub and laid them on the bathroom floor while she called 911.
She told police she never attempted CPR because she did not know how to do it.
Luke and Daniel were taken to hospital, where Luke was pronounced dead.
His older brother survived but his condition is critical.
Neighbours in the upscale McCandless community a few miles north of Pittsburgh said Schlemmer was a stay-at-home mom whose husband, Mark, was working at the time.