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Woman Acquitted in Children's Stoning Deaths Freed

Doctors say woman no longer poses a threat

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    Woman Acquitted in Children's Stoning Deaths Freed

    An East Texas woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the 2003 stonings of her three children, two of them fatal, has been released from a state mental hospital.

    Court documents obtained by KLTV-TV of Tyler show Deanna Laney of New Chapel Hill, near Tyler, was released after four psychiatrists testified behind closed doors last week that she no longer posed a threat to others. State attorneys disagreed.

    However, she is subject to a list of conditions, including that she have no unsupervised contact with minors and submit to regular drug tests to ensure that she takes required medication.

    A Smith County jury acquitted Laney in 2004 of the deaths of two sons, 8-year-old Joshua and 6-year-old Luke. Son Aaron, then 14 months old, survived but suffered brain damage.