Mom Cut off Baby’s Arms

Mom allegedly cut off baby’s arms (CNN – AP)

Dena Schlosser cuts off baby's armsA woman with a history of postpartum depression cut the arms off her baby girl who later died, authorities said.

Dena Schlosser was sitting in her living room covered with blood when police arrived Monday. Her almost 11-month-old daughter lay fatally injured in a crib in a bedroom of the family’s apartment in Plano. The child was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a nearby hospital. Police have charged the 35-year-old mother with capital murder, but declined to reveal where she is being held.

Schlosser, who had a history of postpartum depression, had been investigated on child neglect allegations earlier this year, but Texas Child Protective Services had recently closed a seven-month investigation, concluding that Schlosser did not pose a risk to her children. Neighbors said she seemed to be a loving, attentive mother.

Amazing.

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Comments

  1. Sickening.

  2. Dena Schlosser, 35, Cuts Off Her Baby’s Arms
    This is just disturbing and disgusting. I’ve heard of post-partum depression, but this just has to be more than depression. People don’t go around severing the limbs of their children because they feel bad. CNN/AP Dena Schlosser was sitting in…

  3. David Harris says:

    Good work, TCPS. Took you seven months to clear up how stable this woman was. Only government…

  4. Say Anything says:

    Mom Cuts Off Baby’s Arms
    Shocking… CNN – A woman with a history of postpartum depression cut the arms off her baby girl who later died, authorities said. Dena Schlosser was sitting in her living room covered with blood when police arrived Monday. Her almost…

  5. If you spank your kid, they come swooping down in minutes. Cut his arms off, and…

  6. ISOU says:

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  7. kelly says:

    This woman should be tortured for the rest of her miserable life. Maybe someone will shove a plunger up her for 70 years. Why would someone put a baby through all that pain, I couldnt do that to a viscious pitbull, this women is evil and needs to DIE!!

  8. Crystal says:

    I DON’T EVEN HAVE WORDS TO EXPLAIN THE HATE I HAVE FOR THIS WOMAN. I DON’T AND PROBABLY WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD CAN GIVE PEOPLE LIKE THIS KIDS. TO HARM ANYBODY IN THIS WAY HAS TO BE HORRIFIC. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD PUNISH THIS WOMAN FOR HARMING SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL AND INNOCENT AS BABY. I HOPE SHE BURNS IN HELL. WHY, WHY, WHY, WOULD ANYBODY LET THIS WOMAN HAVE KIDS AT ALL. I HOPE SOMEONE IN PRISON DOES TO HER, WHAT SHE DID TO THAT POOR BABY. I HOPE SHE DIES!!!!THAT EVIL BITCH!!!!!!!SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE OUT HER WOMB SO THAT SHE WILL NEVER HAVE KIDS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. FALLBROOK,CA

  9. charmaine says:

    I can’t tell you how much I cried thinking of the horrific pain that baby went through for how ever long it took to cut her arms off, she will get what’s coming to her, bet my word, God willing.

  10. becky and sheena says:

    If you spank your children they call it abuse. But when someone does something like this and uses the excuse they are depressed they get out of it. what is this world coming to?? the sad thing is that the government is letting it happen!! I think this woman should be tortured the same way that innocent child was.BURN IN HELL DENA!!!

  11. Follower of Jesus says:

    I think that this poor woman needs help. I think she has pain inside that none of us could ever understand and I hope that she heals mentally, and then proceeds to ask the Lord forgiveness. The child is now with God and is safe.
    As for the people who wrote their nasty comments they ought to read the horrible things they wrote, wash their mouths out and also ask the Lord for forgiveness.

  12. Holly says:

    The hateful comments left regarding this tragedy only go to show the lack of intelligence on the part of the people posting them. This woman is obviously seriously mentally ill and the system failed both her and her baby. My mother suffered from debilitating mental illness and I thankfully was rescued from the situation when I was only a few months younger than the child involved in this heart wrenching story – but mental illness is not a choice. My heart breaks for this child but this woman does not deserve ill will from ignorant and uncompassionate people. Educate yourself on the horrors of mental illness and you will know that this woman can never be tortured worse that she already is – inside her own head. And when she receives medication and therapy and realizes what has actually happened there will be no end to the suffering that she endures. And if you take comfort in that you should seek a mental evaluation of your own. I hope that none of you have children – if they suffered from mental illness I shudder to imagine you dealing with it in healthy manner. This is such a sad story.

  13. Mel says:

    This is so sad all the way around. It is beyond my comprehension that someone could be SO mentally ill and noone realize how sick they are. Are they such good actors that they can appear normal when need be? If so that suggest they know something is wrong and are trying to hide it, which also suggests they know right from wrong…if so they are completely responsible for their actions. I am angry. I am angry with Child Protective Services for not removing this baby from home that eventually became it’s deathbed. I am angry at the baby’s father…because as a parent it is your resposibilty to protect your children…even if it means protecting them from the other parent. Everyone let down this poor, innocent little baby. I have an 11 month old grandson and I cannot imagine how horrific an ordeal that baby Margeret went through, at the hands of her own mother.
    As a society we better get our shit together and watch out for the ones who cannot defend themselves. The elderly, the disabled and our children. If anyone who reads this suspects someone is being abused, DO SOMETHING about it.

  14. Hope says:

    I can understand having mental illnessess but chopping off your own childs arms is pathetic. She knows what she did is wrong look at her picture she is smiling. She is just plain disgusting. I think that they should do to her what she did to her child. If any one thinks different email me at hope_a19@yahoo.com

  15. Jay says:

    I am lost for words…
    I can only think of the agony that little girl went through at the hands some one who she trusted and loved….My heart goes to the father and the two sisters who have to live with this for the rest of their lives…..as for her…in my mind, a mother’s love for her child should go above and beyond all ill and satanic thoughts and impulses….

  16. Eric says:

    You people make me sick. Oh poor women is mentally sick. Who gives a shit, she cut the arms off her child who couldnt fight back. I hope she dies very slow and painfully and then rots in hell forever. Wake up people!! Mentally ill?? So was Dahmer you stupid assholes.