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Julie Schenecker, the Mom Accused of Killing her Children, is Hospitalized

By Meredith Carroll |

Tampa, Florida

A mother in Tampa is accused of murdering her 16-and 13-year-old children after she told police they were "mouthy"

Julie Schenecker, the mom accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son because she was allegedly sick of hearing them talk back, is in the intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital. The sheriff in Hillsborough County said she was taken there at midnight for “treatment of a medical condition that existed prior to being brought” to jail.

Yesterday Schenecker told authorities, supposedly with little remorse, that she bought a .38-caliber pistol with the intent of murdering her children and then taking her own life. According to police, she shot and killed her son, Beau Schenecker Powers, on the way to soccer practice on Thursday and then afterwards drove home and shot her daughter, Calyx Schenecker Powers, in the head while she was sitting at her computer.

The next morning, Schenecker’s mother, who described her daughter to police as “depressed,” worried that she couldn’t reach her and called police, who then discovered Schenecker sitting on the back porch covered in blood after no one answered the front door of her house in an upscale neighborhood. In addition to the bodies of the children inside, police found a note explaining what she had done, including committing suicide. The police said there was no sign that the children struggled with their mother.

Schenecker’s husband is an Army Colonel stationed at Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. He was in the Middle East when his children were killed.

Schenecker, 50, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and was due to make an initial court appearance this morning, but it was postponed because she’s in the hospital.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Julie Schenecker, the Mom Accused of Killing her Children, is Hospitalized

  1. Steve says:

    Personally, I blame black trench coats and video games.

  2. J Cline says:

    Let’s see how long it takes for some moron to go on TV and say Sarah Palin and the Tea Party made her do it.

    There’s no accounting for the mentally ill.

  3. horatio says:

    This mother is a hero.

  4. tiffanyMOTHERof 1 says:

    REALLY……thats just terriable!

    In my opinion i think that the law should establish an evaluation! YES an evaluation for purchasing a firarm! Yes, i do agree that guns can keep us safe depending on the hands that a gun is held in! Better yet when you walk into a gun shop give them a piss test. WHY? Just too make sure your not on drugs, then decide too go home and kill your family!

    …..i have one son that ive raised on my own for five years now! Considering family and friends helping me out with him too. Yes i do get furstrated every now and then, when he says “No, mommy you do it!” but then again he is FIVE! I dont shot him i put him in 5 mintue time out!

    There is no reason why the mother of two smart children, a loving husband (over seas), a gated community and a great life; did what she did! You must be mentally ill or just staright fu__ed up!

    in my opinion, if it was texas they would of executed her!

    all iam saying is this………. instead of taking the life of 2 of your own so very young children life

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