Woman Acquitted in Children's Stoning Deaths Freed

Doctors say woman no longer poses a threat

Friday, May 25, 2012  |  Updated 10:44 AM CDT
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Woman Acquitted in Children's Stoning Deaths Freed

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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.

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