Sunday, September 19, 2010

TRAGIC GELA MOTHER RELEASED


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In April I reported for Italy Magazine on this tragic story, in which a mother from Gela drowned her two autistic sons.

After investigation, 31-year-old Vanessa Lo Porto has been released from house arrest and the only constraint on her freedom is that she will never be allowed to live in Gela because of the sensibilities of her former husband and his family.

On that terrible day in April signora Lo Porto had recently lost her job, her marriage had broken up, she was caring for an autistic son and had just received the news that her younger son was also autistic.  When she walked into the sea with her boys, says the court, she was not mentally capable of intending or wishing to murder them.  In her confused and depressed state of mind, she could think only of saving them from lives of misery such as she was enduring herself.

It is my belief that the full consequences of depression are still not widely understood and my heart goes out to this poor woman.

Judge not that ye be not judged.

10 comments:

CherryPie said...

This is so sad that she got into such a state of mind without any support around her.

lakeviewer said...

Sometimes, these symptoms go undetected.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Cherie. Yes, I'm sure the support systems will be looked at now.

Claude said...

What a tragedy! The poor, poor mother...We don't know the deep agony some people go through. I hope she's getting help presently for the pain she's probably still facing everyday.

Leslie: said...

I feel for that woman as she will have to live with what she did for the rest of her life. How sad.

Winchester whisperer said...

Remember Medea

James Higham said...

Mine goes out to the souls of the dead children.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Claude. Yes, as far as I know she is receiving help. She must have felt so alone that day. Hi, Leslie. I agree. Hi, WW. I don't think this was a revenge incident. I think the poor woman was just exhausted and desperate. Of course, James. I'm sure we all think of them, too.

Ellee Seymour said...

A truly heartbreaking story. I hope she is shown compassion.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I hope so too, Ellee.

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