Woman accused of killing newborn ate brain

Woman accused of killing newborn ate brain
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A woman charged with murdering her 3 1/2-week-old son used a knife and two swords to dismember the child and ate parts of his body, including his brain, before stabbing herself in the torso and slicing her own throat, police said Monday.

Otty Sanchez, 33, is charged with capital murder in the death of her infant son, Scott Wesley Buchholtz-Sanchez. She was recovering from her wounds at a hospital, and was being held on $1 million bail.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the early Sunday morning attack occurred a week after the child's father moved out. The child's aunt and two cousins, ages 5 and 7, were in the house, but none were harmed.

McManus, who appeared uncomfortable as he addressed reporters, said Sanchez apparently ate the child's brain and some other body parts. She also tore his face off, chewed off three of his toes and decapitated the infant before stabbing herself.

"It's too heinous for me to describe it any further," McManus said.

Officers called to Sanchez's house at about 5 a.m. Sunday found her sitting on the couch "screaming that she killed her baby," police spokesman Joe Rios said. They found the boy's body in a bedroom.

Police said Sanchez said the devil told her to kill her son.

"It was a spontaneous utterance," McManus said. "She said she was hearing voices."

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13 Responses:

  1. jsiracusa says:

    I'm glad not to see a series of "Previously" links.

  2. latemodel says:

    This seems perfectly reasonable to me. I mean, plenty of other mammals eat their young on occasion. We wouldn't be remarking on this were the woman a guinea pig; why does it shock us that a human does this?

    Sadly, the above logic actually makes sense to me.

    • wisn says:

      > We wouldn't be remarking on this were the woman a guinea pig;

      I'm guessing grade school teachers have some stories about trying to explain what Hammy is doing to her kids, since the Lion King circle of life song doesn't have a line about mothers eating their children.

      • editer says:

        At that age I already had suspicions my parents were space aliens. (No particular reason, they just were different from me -- bigger, smarter, less predictable). Learning about parents eating their young would probably have sent me clear over the freak-out edge.

  3. ladykalessia says:

    I'm sorry, but all I could think was

    This little piggy went to market... *CHOP* *munchmunchmunch*
    And this little piggy stayed home... *CHOP* *munchmunchmunch*
    This little piggy had roast beef, which is not nearly as good as baby... *CHOP* *munchmunchmunch*

  4. autopope says:

    Sounds like acute schizophrenia to me; I'd be astonished if an insanity plea isn't entered and sustained. (Or not. The way the US judicial system(s) treat the insane in this type of case is often unjust and vindictive.)

    • dk says:

      Or not.

      ^
      keep in mind this did take place in TX.

      • autopope says:

        Oh dear. She's done for, then.

      • jsl32 says:

        it is very silly to pretend one state is a hivemind when that is demonstrably false.

        texas has a wide range of outcomes for the intersection of the mentally ill and the criminal justice system, some well and some not so well. but 'omg itz texas, that horrid backwater' is ignorant and asinine as a response to this woman's madness and its monstrous consequences.

        • dk says:

          if texas has a reputation for executing, say, the mentally retarded, then texas voters get to own that; because it's based in truth.

          if you had such unshakable faith that TX was such a great place to live, you probably wouldn't go around looking for arguments about it on the internet.