A Pennsylvania mom faces decades in prison for drowning her two young sons.
According to Penn Live, 44-year-old Laurel Schlemmer was found guilty of third-degree murder in March and has been sentenced to 30 to 80 years in prison. The mom claimed that she drowned her sons in order to be a better mother.
On April 1, 2014, Schlemmer drowned Luke and Daniel (who were 3 and 6 years old) at the family’s home. She told authorities that she heard “crazy voices” and then pushed them into the tub, wanting to send them to heaven. A former teacher, she explained that she would be a better mother to her older son (age 7) if “the other two boys weren’t around and they would be better off in heaven.”
The older son was at school at the time of the incident.
After drowning her sons, Schlemmer called 9-1-1. “[Ms.] Schlemmer said she never attempted CPR because she did not