Mom pleads insanity in 3 kids’ deaths

Newsday.com
Feb. 9, 2009

New Cassel mom pleads insanity in 3 kids’ deaths
Leatrice Brewer will be sent to secure psychiatric facility

BY ANN GIVENS

[Mineola, NY, USA]: Leatrice Brewer nodded almost imperceptibly when the judge asked her whether she killed her 18-month-old son.

“Yes,” she whispered.

“Take a deep breath and keep going,” Nassau County Judge Meryl Berkowitz said, before asking Brewer about the other two children she drowned last February in her bathtub: her daughter, 6, and son, 5. She answered “yes” to questions about them, too.

Brewer Monday pleaded not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect, and will now be sent to a secure upstate psychiatric facility indefinitely, prosecutors said. Brewer, prosecutors and Berkowitz all agreed to the plea after two independent psychiatric evaluations showed that at the time she killed the three children, she didn’t know that what she was doing was wrong….(Full Story)

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