The verdict is in. Andrea Yates is not guilty by reason of insanity. This was a horrible local story and the original trial in 2002 was a zoo.
Let's just say it, shall we? Rusty Yates is just as guilty as Andrea of responsibility in the death of those 5 young, innocent children. Baby Mary, the only girl was only 6 months old. The oldest was 7.
Rusty is guilty of negligence concerning Andrea's mental health treatments. This was a battle of many years and Andrea was never able to remain a functioning woman. They had been advised not to have more children.
This was senseless and completely avoidable. The mother in law would try to help out during the days leading up to the drownings so that tells me she and her son knew how desperately Andrea needed help. Andrea's close friend is quoted in newspaper interviews as claiming Andrea wasn't bathing, combing her hair, even brushing her teeth. She was walking around without speaking and walking in circles.
Rusty Yates is now re-married. He has been interviewed numerous times. He claims he'd like more children. More children? Today after the verdict was given, he told reporters he's the victim and is happy Andrea will now be in a facility and get help. You gotta love the victim claim, don't you?
Good luck to the new wife.