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
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