Not Guilty by reason of Insanity Verdict for Mother who decapitated and ate child’s brain

A Texas woman who decapitated her 3 week old baby before eating his brain will not spend any time in jail after being found not guilty in court.

34-year-old Otty Sanchez was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of baby Scott Wesley Buchholz-Sanchez and prosecutors accepted a plea deal from the woman who claimed that the devil made her kill her child.

As previously reported when police arrived at the scene they found the baby in a bedroom with three of his toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed and brain ripped out.

Police say Sanchez ate the boy’s toes and part of his brain before stabbing herself in the chest and slashing part of her throat.

In a 911 call made by Sanchez’s sister, the woman can be heard screaming in the background:

“I didn’t wanna do it! He told me to!”

Sanchez charged with capital murder and found competent to stand trial.

The Associated Press reports however that after three examinations by separate doctors, she was determined to be legally insane, forcing the court to accept her plea.
Sanchez will be committed to a mental hospital before a court determines if she is no longer a danger to herself or anyone else.

She was previously prescribed the antidepressant Citalopram after the birth of her child but had only taken it the day before killing her son. The drugs do not take effect for a few weeks.

County District Attorney Susan Reed says Sanchez repeatedly sought help for her illness but did not receive the proper care.

The woman reported hearing voices a week before the fatal attack and was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis.

2009 Press Conference

2009 News Report:

The scene was so gruesome investigators could barely speak: A 3 1/2-week-old boy lay dismembered in the bedroom of a single-story house, three of his tiny toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed and his brains ripped out.

“At this particular scene you could have heard a pin drop,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Monday. “No one was speaking. It was about as somber as it could have been.”

Officers called to the home early Sunday found the boy’s mother, Otty Sanchez, sitting on the couch with a self-inflicted wound to her chest and her throat partially slashed, screaming “I killed my baby! I killed my baby!” police said. She told officers the devil made her do it, police said.

Sanchez, 33, apparently ate the child’s brain and some other body parts before stabbing herself, McManus said.

“It’s too heinous for me to describe it any further,” McManus told reporters.

Sanchez is charged with capital murder in the death of her son, Scott Wesley Buccholtz-Sanchez. She was being treated Monday at a hospital, and was being held on $1 million bail.

‘In and out’ of psychiatric ward

The slaying occurred a week after the child’s father moved out, McManus said. Otty Sanchez’s sister and her sister’s two children, ages 5 and 7, were in the house, but none were harmed.

Police said Sanchez did not have an attorney, and they declined to identify family members.

13 Responses to “Not Guilty by reason of Insanity Verdict for Mother who decapitated and ate child’s brain”

  1. Marissa Says:

    I cant believe they let this woman go free. This is bull! Insane my butt! Shes crazy and needs to be put any before she gets pregnant and does it again or just grabs a random baby. She should be put to the death penalty.

    • DaMeglet Says:

      Spoken like an ignorant arse who has never seen or dealt with the mentally ill. When the brain’s chemistry is screwed up like that, one can NOT simply ignore the voices or impulses in one’s head. That is why mental illness is so devastating. And they did not simply let her go free; they committed her to a psychiatric institution. Maybe you wouldn’t sound like such a moron if you actually READ THE ARTICLE!

    • She can’t be executed because the constitution says anyone who is mentally retarded is ineligable to receive the death penalty. Being found LEGALLY insane is rare and I believe it’s a legitimate defense. Do you honestly think she’s getting a “soft” punishment? She went to North Texas State Hospital – Vernon. It is a maximum-security hospital that is only used for the criminally Insane. It’s just like being in a prison; isolation from society, violence, bad food, even a barbed-wired fence. She isn’t walking the streets and won’t for a really long time. I know her son is dead, but she suffered from a rare psychotic disorder that caused her to have delusions and hallucinations and three psychologists determined she didn’t know right from wrong.

    • Where in the article did it say she was set free? She was sent to a maximum security psychiatric hospital that is worse than prison and will more than likely never return to society. Being in a psychiatric hospital, especially ones for the criminally insane, is not fun. So stop acting like her punishment is a cake walk. It’s not.

  2. This happened in 2009

  3. I think she should befine killed. She should be put down slowly. Shes his mother, a mother is most dependable and familiar to a baby and he trusted her. Thats all he could do. This woman does NOT deserve life. PPD and “Mental Illness” is no excuse to murder your child. To be honest fuck her and fuck the judge and jury that let her go with a slap on the wrist. I have NO faith what so ever in the law anymore.

    • Spoken like the first jackass. Clearly you do not understand mental illnesses either. Individuals with schizophrenioa are unable to determin what is real and what is not. Putting this woman to the death penalty would prove nothing but the fact that you a “sane person” (questionably) are just as barbaric and irrational. This woman needs help and maybe she should never be let out but certainly putting her to a slow death is not the answer. But at least she has an excuse for being a nut job. What’s yours?

    • You didn’t even look at any details before making your dumb comments cause if you DID you would know there was NO jury she waived that right! ASS , so before u go off just typing stuff pay close attention before just opening it loud month and start typing away cause you are just embarrassing your self!

  4. Stop witht he sanctimonious crap where you defend mental illness for everything. SOme people truly cannot be amongst us and this is an example of such. It is easy to sit back and be detached as you pretend to be so cool about the entire process and pontificate about what you do not understand. The woman is a monster and regardless of her lot in life we do not protect these savages even in cases where the libtards would like us to.

  5. This woman should be put down humanely. LIke they do to cattle, a bolt to the head. I don’t see any point keeping someone capable of this, locked in a room on meds forever on taxpayer dollars.

  6. BRWALZE Says:

    First, Postpartum Psychosis is horrible and those who say she should be killed should do some homework. What she did was horrendous, yes. However how many of you know that she heard voices for a week telling her to do this. She sought out help. She also lived with a sister and the night of the murder she brought the baby into her sisters room and literally begged her to take Scotty and told her sister about the voices and basically that she could not stop it. her sister sent the baby and Otty back to their room. This could have been prevented and yet no one did anything for a mentally ill woman who was also schizophrenic. How is it possible to blame her entirely when those around her did not listen to her pleading for someone to take her son.

    Secondly, she is not some psychotic person who feels nothing. She hated herself and someone who is that mentally ill can not be expected to just make it go away on their own. She needs to be in treatment and we as a society are as much to blame. Mentally ill people are treated like trash. So many murders could be prevented if we treated their disorders instead of turning them away from a hospital.

    So if you never want this to happen again then I suggest all you who are ready to kill off this woman, try to change the way we deal with mental illness in this country. which I am sure many of you will do no such thing to change a system. You can all complain when you put in some time to fight for the mentally ill and become more aware of human psychology.

  7. There are alot of people out there who would do anything for a baby, this woman though did not deserve one. Evil in this world has got to stop. Babies/children should not be with people who are insane or abusive. The father wants death penalty. I just wonder how hes doing now.

  8. Kuntrashians Says:

    Why would you have a baby with someone who is crazy?! She had a mental illness and they knew it

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