Accused killer mom: I didn't mean to
A Texas mother accused of decapitating her 3-week-old son screams "I didn't mean to do it. He told me to while her sister pleads for an ambulance to bring help in a desperate four-minute 911 call released Wednesday.
Otty Sanchez. who police say told them the devil made her kill and mutilate her only child. cries "I love him" and says she's stabbed herself in the heart and stomach while her sister tries calming down the 33-year-old mother.
At one point during the frantic call. Priscilla Garcia tries reassuring her sister that she is alive. Otty. this time I told you to come to me."
Garcia says. I tried, but you told me that you died." Otty Sanchez says. "Tm not dead, Otty Garcia says. "T m standing right here talking to you."
Otty Sanchez, 33, is charged with capital murder in the slaying of Scott Wesley Buchholz-Sanchez who authorities found decapitated and grossly mutilated in a bedroom of her sister's house early Sunday Police say Otty Sanchez chewed off three of her infant's toes and ate parts of the brain. She used a knife and two swords in the attack: according to police. Garcia tells the dispatcher that her sister has stabbed her child and that blood is all over the bed. "She's gone crazy last She was hearing voices." Garcia night. says. "She kept bringing me the baby. And finally she calmed down andI took her back (to) the baby.
And now I just woke up to hear screaming. She continues, "The baby is dead. The baby's dead. Please. somebody come."
During the call, the dispatcher instructs Garcia not to touch the baby or anything in the area. The call ends with the dispatcher say ing help is on the way. Otty Sanchez. who had been hospitalized after the killing, was being held on $1 million bond at the Bexar County jail. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether she had an attorney.
Scott W, Buchholz, the infant's father, said Sanchez suffered from postpartum depression and that she told him she was schizo- phrenic a week before the slaying. Buchholz, who said he also is schizophrenic, said he wants her to receive the death penalty. A family member has said she had been undergoing psychiatic treatment and that a hospital called looking for her several months ago. Gloria Sanchez, the mother's aunt, said her niece had been "in and out of a psychiatric ward." In May 2008.
Otty Sanchez's mother, Manuela Sanchez, called police after her daughter didn't return from a trip to Austin, say- ing she was concerned about her daughter's safety. Manuela San chez told police she suspected her daughter was into drugs and specifically told police she wasn't suffering from any mental issues. Buchholz last saw Otty Sanchez and his son the day before the killing. He said Sanchez had moved in with her parents a week earlier, leaving him July 20 after being briefly hospitalized for depression bụt released that same day.
Otty Sanchez brought "Baby Scotty" over to see his father the day before the slaying, and Buchholz said she became irate when he asked for copies of the birth certificate and other documents. then left in a huff with the baby. Garcia called 911 before 5 a.m. the next morning. Police say the killing took place in a bedroom and that no one else was injured.
Livingston County Daily Press and Argus 03 July 2009
Warning signs missed Mother who killed baby had history of mental illness
The warning signs were there. Otty Sanchez, a 33-year-old schizophrenic with a history of hospitalizations, wasn't taking medication and was depressed after her son's birth, the boy's father said. A simple request seemed to set her off, alarming him and his family.
Yet, the woman was staying in a house where she had access to samurai swords. Child welfare officials were never called. Instead, Ms. Sanchez's troubles became apparent to authorities when they found her before dawn Sunday, screaming that she had killed her baby. Her 3/-week-old son was dismembered in a scene so gruesome and horrifying that police were left shaken and barely able to speak to one another. "Maybe we missed" warning signs, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
"I don't know." Ms. Sanchez remained hospitalized yesterday, recovering from self-inflicted cuts to her torso and an attempt to slice her own throat. The former home health care worker is charged with capital mur- der and is being held on $1 million bond. Calls to relatives were not returned yesterday, and it was unclear whether she had an attorney Authorities said Ms. Sanchez tried killing hersclf after butchering her newborn son, Scott Wesley Buchholz-Sanchez, with a steak knife and two swords as her sis- ter and two nieces, ages 5 and 7, slept in another room. She told police the devil made her kill, mutilate and eat parts of her only child. Scott W. Buchholz, the infant's father, who met Ms. Sanchez six years ago while both were studying to be pharmacists assistants, said he isn't buying it. He said that although his girlfriend had post partum depression and told him a week before the killing that she was schizo- phrenic, she didn't appear unstable. He wants prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. "She killed my son. She should burn in hell," Mr. Buchholz, 33, told The Associated Press.
Otty Sanchez's medical history is muddled. A family member said Ms. Sanchez had been undergoing psychiatric treat ment, and that a hospital called several months ago looking for her. Her aunt, Gloria Sanchez, said her niece had been "in and out of a psychiatric ward".
In May 2008, Otty Sanchez's mother, Manuela Sanchez, called police after her daughter didn't return from a trip to Austin, saying she was concerned about her daughter's safety. Manuela Sanchez told police she suspected that her daughter was into drugs, and specifically said she wasn't suffering from any mental issues. Mr. Buchholz, who is himself schizo- phrenic and takes six anti-psychotic and anti-convulsive Sanchez had postpartum depression and had been going to regular counseling ses- sions after the birth, but refused to take medications, said Otty prescription medication for her depression. Still, he said she seemed fine.
"She seemed like a a very caring, loving mother. She held him, she breast-fed him. She did everything for him that was nice." On July 20, Ms. Sanchez was taken to the hospital for depression and released less than a day later, Mr. Buchholz said. She told him she was schizophrenic and was going to live with her parents and sister.
The infant's killing occurred at her mother's house. On Saturday, five days after Ms. San chez left Mr. Buchholz, she brought "Baby Scotty" for a visit, but stormed out after he asked for a copy of the birth certificate and other documents, he said. Mr. Buch- holz then called 911 to report that Ms. Sanchez had stormed out and driven away with the infant without properly restrain ing him in the car. Deputies investigated that call as a dis- turbance. The deputy took a report but could do little else, said Bexar County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dale Bennett. "If this guy had given us an indication that she had postpartum depression or mental defects she was suffering from, we may have addressed it differently," he said.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 29 July 2009