- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A judge has set a new trial date for a western Pennsylvania woman charged with drowning her two young sons in a bathtub.

Forty-two-year-old Laurel Schlemmer is now scheduled for trial June 21. Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning set the new date at a status conference on Thursday.

According to police, the 42-year-old McCandless woman told officers she heard “crazy voices” before she held her 6-year-old son, Daniel, and his 3-year-old brother, Luke, under water on April 1, 2014. Luke died that day and Daniel died a few days later.

Police say Schlemmer told them she could be a better mother her third, and oldest, son “if the other two boys weren’t around and they would be better off in heaven.

Her attorney is pursuing a mental health defense.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide