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Pregnant Woman Pushes Husband Out of the Window To His Death. Can Hormones Be Blamed?

By Sunny Chanel |

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There have been plenty of jokes about the hormonal nature of a pregnant woman and the sometimes crazy things they do. But this case of Amber Hilberling, it is no laughing matter.

The 19-year-old newlywed  – who is currently 7-months pregnant  – pushed her husband out of the window of their 17th floor apartment.  Her husband Joshua Hulberling – age 23 – was killed. While creating life in her belly, she ended a life in her home.

What happened? According to reports, Joshua had supposedly packed his bags and told his wife Amber he was leaving her. She was upset, lunged at him, and pushed him out of the window. When the police arrived she admitted that she did indeed push him. Witnesses said she seemed to have no remorse and was actually smiling as she was taken away. At first they arrested her for second-degree murder but after more investigated, they changed it to a first-degree charge.

This was – reportedly – not their first issue with domestic violence. Joshua had filed a protective order against his wife previously but it was never finalized. But even with a past history, could hormones be blamed?

Pregnancy can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety, two powerful emotional states that could lead a woman to do some pretty crazy stuff. Her defense attorneys will surely use, or explore using, a plea of insanity since it could be argues she was not in a right state of mind. There is s history of this in cases of infanticide for eons, “In many courts, infanticidal mothers might successfully plead insanity. Eighteenth-century courts greatly extended the scope of the insanity plea by citing, as reason for dismissal of infanticide cases, the belief that pregnancy itself may make women deranged.”

Do you think pregnancy hormones can be powerful enough to lead a woman to kill?

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6 thoughts on “Pregnant Woman Pushes Husband Out of the Window To His Death. Can Hormones Be Blamed?

  1. Diera says:

    Um. No. Not unless she otherwise is diagnosed by a professional with an actual psychiatric disorder. Just being pregnant in and of itself is not a psychiatric condition or a defense against a murder charge. Unless you want pregnant women to be summarily dismissed from all jobs with responsibility because they’re all crazy.

  2. Angela says:

    Yeah pregnancy can put you on edge, but most women manage to get through it without murdering anyone. If she had severe enough depression to actually make her psychotic and completely unaware of her actions or their consequences then maybe. But it sounds like she knew exactly what she was doing/

  3. Jen says:

    I’m probably weird in this…. I’m normally a pretty anxious, high strung person. I was oddly calm throughout my pregnancy. I loved that part of being pregnant.

  4. Miss says:

    She was SMILING as they arrested her. If she was hormonal, she probably would have been hysterical. With known domestice violence on record, there’s no way a defense like that would hold up in any court.

  5. Kristin Contreras says:

    Ok, it’s pretty horrible especially the fact she was smiling and showed no remorse. Before I realized he had died from it though, the arcticle did make me chuckle. I would NEVER have acted on it but probably felt like pushing my husband out a window a time or two ;) Poor Sean.

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