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Report: East Texas Mother Who Killed Her Children Released from Mental Hospital

Smith County Judicial Records

Deanna Laney, whose capital murder case made national headlines when she was accused of stoning two of her children to death, has been released from a Texas mental institution, according to a report from KLTV Channel 7 in Tyler.

Laney was acquitted of capital murder in 2004 by reason of insanity. She testified that God told her to kill her children. She stoned her sons Luke, 8, and Josh, 6, to death outside of her New Chapel Hill home. Her son Aaron, who was 14 months old at the time, survived his mother’s attack, but he is permanently brain-damaged.

KLTV, first to report the story, attributed a hearing last week with four psychiatrists at Kerrville State Hospital — where Laney has been since 2004 — who testified that Laney no longer needed to be at the hospital.

Under court order, Laney will have constant supervision from case workers, will be subject to frequent blood-testing for her medications and can not have unsupervised contact with minors.

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