Andrea Yates, wife and mother of five, felt she was a failure at being the perfect mother and was unfit to produce perfect children. Therefore, she took fate into her own hands and drowned her children, giving up on motherhood. Psychologists blame it on postpartum depression; therefore, she may have been insane. Texas law states that sanity rests solely on the ability to know right from wrong. Therefore, Yates is a villain, guilty of the charges of killing her children because she understood right from wrong and the consequences for her actions.
Yates told police that their deaths were she and Satan's punishment for "not being a good mother." Therefore, Andrea knew that she would be disciplined for murdering her children. She was aware that this would be an action that would not go without punishment. She understood that drowning her kids was wrong, defending the Texas law that she was of sound mind. There have been millions of other mothers who have experienced postpartum depression, but have not executed their children. Janna Jones, mother of six and a pastor's wife, felt that too much pressure was being put upon her to be the perfect mother.
She went into postpartum depression, but the thought of killing her children never arose. During the depression the mother blames herself and no one else. The mother feels that she is the only one at fault. According to the media reports, Yates went through the procedure of tucking four of the children in bed and leaving one dead in the bath water. Afterwards she called her husband at work and told him he needed to come home because something was wrong. She also called the police to notify them of her drowning her children.
Andrea Yates was just tired of the pressures of motherhood, of being the perfect parent and producing the perfect children. Other mothers have experienced the same anxiety. Yates is using that anxiety. Yates is using that anxiety as a scapegoat for the drowning of her children. Andrea Yates is guilty of killing her children and is in agreement with the Texas law that she did know right from wrong during the drowning of her children..