Boy, 10, Escapes As Mom Drives Family into Hudson River

A 10-year-old boy escaped a sinking car after his distraught mother drove her family into the Hudson River about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the NY Times, Lashaun Armstrong escaped the sinking minivan after his mother, Lashandra Armstrong, 25, steered the car off a boat ramp and into the river a few blocks from the row house apartment where the family lived.

“She was a very good mom,” said Tina Claybourne, who lives nearby. “She took care of her kids. She always was with her kids.” (link)

Ms. Armstrong and 3 of her 4 children, Landon Pierce, 5; Lance Pierre, 2; and Lainaina Pierre, 11 months old, all died from drowning.

The driver’s side window of the van was down, suggesting that LaShaun crawled past his mother to escape the sinking van.

Lashaun “managed to hit the power windows,” Chief Ferrara said, and “climbed out before the vehicle sank.”

LaShaun turned up at a Newburgh firehouse about 20 minutes after the domestic disturbance call. He was soaking wet. A woman had picked him up after he swam ashore and driven him to the firehouse to summon help.

The boy was so distraught that, at first, he had trouble speaking.

Firefighters and state police divers found the minivan about an hour later with the four bodies inside. It was submerged under eight feet of murky water about 25 feet from the shore.

Angela Gilliam, Lashanda Armstrong’s aunt, says she spoke to her niece earlier Tuesday and she was “not too good.” Gilliam later called police, saying Armstrong was fighting with the father of three of her four children. The dispatcher reported hearing “tussling in the background.” But when police arrived at the home, no one was there.

Gilliam is now caring for LaShaun, who she said is “doing good.”

Source: 1 and 2

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Edited to add pictures of the family. Originally posted on April 13, 2011 @ 1:32 p.m.



 


99 Responses to “Boy, 10, Escapes As Mom Drives Family into Hudson River”

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    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    I was just about to send this to AuntSan. So black folks (judging by the names only) really do this sort of thing?

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    Anna says:

    I would like to hope she was distracted and this was, an accident and not murder suicide.

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    LuvMySailor says:

    So sad. I feel horrible for her family who have lost four members in one day. Lord have mercy

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    @Psp :waves:

    Nowadays they do… this killing shyt is getting wayyyyy outta hand…damn shame

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    RatchetFree says:

    So sad!! :pray: for all those involved. I hate to hear about children dying…especially at the hands of someone else.

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    amatrex says:

    When I first read the headline to this story on a news website, I never would’ve guess the family was black until I saw the mother’s name, LaShandra. And seeing that one of her son’s name is Lashaun, pretty much confirms their race.

    What a tragic story.:( I hope the surviving 10-year old son gets proper care and counseling.

  9. 9
    RatchetFree says:

    Hey His :hug: x’s 1643

    Hey PSP!!! :hug: What it do!!

  10. 10

    SMH. I azzumed a yt woman did this when I saw it this morning.

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    oh @Alex.. I see u were desperate to live my life today :coffee: AGAIN.. its a shame really…

  12. 12
    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    Hey His and Alottadat! :yahoo: It don’t do much!

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    OHoney says:

    This is horrible. That boy will be traumatized his whole life
    How is this pronounced —> Lainaina (Lay-nay-nuh)? I’m having trouble.

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    Jay Bee says:

    Lord give Lashaun strength to overcome this tragedy! The devil is a liar

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    dnt hug me! I saw u pushing up on my bish again…hmph! *looking for shank*

    ok this is the wrong post for this but… its awn grl!

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    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    @Anna, Im sure they’ll take a statement from theboy as soon a child psychologuist clears it.

    :offtopic: Has anyone ever seen that show called “I (Almost) Got Away With It? and Alex did you watch L&O:LA?

  17. 17
    His_Mommy623 says:

    OHoney.. I was wondering the same thing :/

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    Ace says:

    TV in living room (me in the bedroom)

    “A lady drove off a bridge killing her ad 3 of her 4 children. One Child managed to excape..”

    ME: “Damn white folks at it again…”

    now i’m like ———-> :blink:

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    Jay Bee says:

    shes not the first black woman, there was a black woman in south carolina or ohia i believe earlier this year or late last year killed her 5 year old babies! mother still living tho

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    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    @O Honey (whassup girl?) yeah I tried to soundit out and then just skipped over it…

  21. 21

    LaShandra, 25
    LaShaun, 10
    Landon Pierce, 5
    Lance Pierre, 2
    Lainaina Pierre, 11 months old,

    :think:
    I’m sensing a pattern…

  22. 22
    GAGIRL87 says:

    :wtf: I have no words this child is gonna need help this nightmare will ALWAYS be with him… Poor Kids I can only imagine what they went through. But on the real f**k the mom what kind of stupid backwards chit was that to do. Bi*tch kill yourself leave the kids ho :shocked:

  23. 23
    His_Mommy623 says:

    @Psp, I watch that show, hell I watch EVERYTHING on ID Discovery channel..I havent seen the last cpl of episodes tho

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    RatchetFree says:

    Hey Honey!! :hug:

    @His
    But if I’m doing it, it’s not your life. I can’t help it if your boo can’t stay away. :yes:

    @PSP
    I haven’t been able to get into that one yet but hopefully after seeing Terrence on SVU last week, I’ll give it another try. I don’t like the rest of the cast on LA. :shrug:

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    i feel bad for the kids…the mother needs to have her ass beat in the morgue.
    You dnt put YOUR crazy on those innocent children. Drive ur damn self into the Hudson smh

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    Ace says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    LaShandra, 25
    LaShaun, 10
    Landon Pierce, 5
    Lance Pierre, 2
    Lainaina Pierre, 11 months old,

    :think:
    I’m sensing a pattern…
    —————————————————————

    Mama was getting it in at 14, 20 ,23 and 24…

    She was picking up steam….

    (that the patteren you senseing? :think: )

  27. 27
    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    @ His I came across it last night and watched a couple episodes. (It was a marathion) I can’t wait for the special on lady killers. :danban: But when I tell you that’s some bad acting going on… #chileplease. Comedy all around…

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    mirsmommy says:

    This is beyond sad. Why would she, and how could she do such a horrible thing????? I :pray: that baby gets proper counseling, and my condolensces go out to this family.

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    um no bew…u got at her first. So its actually YOU thats looking a tad bit THIRSTY *talk 2 the hand gesture*

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    Ace says:

    Can I get a Pronunciation for Lainaina? :coffee:

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    OHoney says:

    Hey Alex! PSP!! HIS!!!
    I log on today and now I can’t keep up with all the posts. SR done put up another one.
    *drags myself over to the other post*

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    RatchetFree says:

    His_Mommy623 says:

    i feel bad for the kids…the mother needs to have her ass beat in the morgue.
    You dnt put YOUR crazy on those innocent children. Drive ur damn self into the Hudson smh
    _______________________
    But you know ppl like that believe that they shouldn’t leave the kids behind bc they won’t have anyone to take care of them or they don’t want them to be left to deal with whatever drama was going on in the mom’s life. :no: Fluck that, give me my chance to survive without you.

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    prynsexxx says:

    I HATE when a woman does this behind an argument with a man! Why should the kids have to suffer because YOU made a fukked up decision. I HATE (domestic) VIOLENCE!

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    RatchetFree says:

    @His
    I’m not thirsty at all. She leaves me drowning each and every time. :coffee:

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    prynsexxx says:

    Ace says:

    Can I get a Pronunciation for Lainaina?
    _______________________________

    Lilly-Awn-AH

    #betmoney

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    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    If I was 25 with four kids I would probably kill myself too.

    Seriously though, she probably suffered from chronic post partum depression that was never treated and then compounded when she was basically pregnant for the last three years. (I once read a book about it)

  37. 37

    @ACE
    “LaShandra, 25
    LaShaun, 10
    Landon Pierce, 5
    Lance Pierre, 2
    Lainaina Pierre, 11 months old,

    I’m sensing a pattern…
    —————————————————————

    Mama was getting it in at 14, 20 ,23 and 24…

    She was picking up steam….

    (that the patteren you senseing? :coffee: )
    _________________________________________________________________________

    YOU NOTICED THAT TOO?

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    @Mirs HEYYYY BEW!!! :hug:

    @PSP, oh the acting is definitely pure comedy lol..I cnt wait for deadly women to return :yahoo:

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    Phrozen1der says:

    I just read this sad story… :pray:

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    renegadesince1985 says:

    Jesus be a fence :no:

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    Ace says:

    prynsexxx says:

    Ace says:

    Can I get a Pronunciation for Lainaina?
    _______________________________

    Lilly-Awn-AH

    #betmoney
    ———————————————————-

    Theres only 1 “L” tho….

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    OHoney says:

    Princess Smarty-Pants says:
    If I was 25 with four kids I would probably kill myself too.
    Seriously though, she probably suffered from chronic post partum depression that was never treated and then compounded when she was basically pregnant for the last three years. (I once read a book about it)
    __________________________________________________________________________

    PSP I’m 25 with 4 kids what’s the problem??? :mad:
    Ok I’m lyin….I’m 27 with 1 kid……don’t mind me I’m bored and sleepy

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    RatchetFree says:

    RatchetFree says:

    She leaves me drowning each and every time.
    _____________________
    Not the best thing to say in this post. :no:

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    amatrex says:

    @Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    SMH. I azzumed a yt woman did this when I saw it this morning.

    ——————————————————————

    You and millions of others (including myself) likely assumed the same thing. I guess it’s just like when folks of other races read that a liquor store was robbed or somebody got shot in a drug deal, they assume the culprits are black. :shrugs:

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    mirsmommy says:

    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    If I was 25 with four kids I would probably kill myself too.

    Seriously though, she probably suffered from chronic post partum depression that was never treated and then compounded when she was basically pregnant for the last three years. (I once read a book about it)
    ____________________

    I swear I was wondering if she was suffering from post partum.

  46. 46
    prynsexxx says:

    Ace says:

    prynsexxx says:

    Ace says:

    Can I get a Pronunciation for Lainaina?
    _______________________________

    Lilly-Awn-AH

    #betmoney
    ———————————————————-

    Theres only 1 “L” tho….
    _________________________

    That ain’t NEVER stopped chit before…. :coffee:

  47. 47
    His_Mommy623 says:

    :lol: @PSP

    AND :rofl: @ALex… hey if u enjoy being like number 5, its not my problem..

    Theres a peckng order, respect it :yes: and YOU were tardy for the party. so yeah ur like number 5 ——> :coffee:

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    Phrozen1der says:

    Yeah when I saw she had a 10 y/o I knew she was a teen mom,then I saw where she lived and ALL the neighbors were black… :no:

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    brucebaner1 says:

    “She was a very good mom,” said Tina Claybourne, who lives nearby. “She took care of her kids. She always was with her kids.” – Stupid people, she obviously wasn’t a good mom…….(shaking head at people thinking parents are good just because they are “with” their kids…)

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    mirsmommy says:

    Heyyyyyyy His :hug:

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    @alex yes that wasn’t right for u to say bish :lol:

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    RatchetFree says:

    brucebaner1 says:

    “She was a very good mom,” said Tina Claybourne, who lives nearby. “She took care of her kids.
    ______________
    Same thing they said about the lady that put her son in the stove. :coffee:

  53. 53

    @AMATREX
    “SMH. I azzumed a yt woman did this when I saw it this morning.

    ——————————————————————

    You and millions of others (including myself) likely assumed the same thing. I guess it’s just like when folks of other races read that a liquor store was robbed or somebody got shot in a drug deal, they assume the culprits are black. ”
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    5% of STILL think she’s white… or part white… or white folk got something to do with it.
    **unapologetic about it too**
    :coffee:

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    Phrozen1der says:

    I could see her finances being strained and feeling like she didn’t want to make herself or them a burden..Thus the murder/suicide. What I don’t get is where are their fathers?? Where was her family…:no:

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    laci says:

    What is bothering me, is the amount of ignorance coming from 95% of these comments. Post Partum Depression doesn’t have a color and any woman, no matter how many children she has can fall victim. Lately black women have been falling victim to this disorder, more than previous years. Especially those who are single parents. I’m sadden because I have a 15 month old at home and could possibly think of anything bad happening to him. I am praying for this little boy, that he will be able to move on with his little life, without a lot of drama or trauma.

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    His_Mommy623 says:

    :lol: @Man

    hey Phroz!! :hug:

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    There seems to be a “magic number” of “four children” for that post partum to kick in “skrong” and moms started murking niccas.

    **glad to be final baby number 3**

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    ICYTIFF says:

    This story just pissed me off :no:

    I just don’t understand how someone could be sooo selfish as to Murder their own damn children bcuz they’re too weak to deal with Reality! May the kids rest in peace. Nothing to say about the mother/or SperM DoNor rather :coffee:

    *Storms off to another post slamming door and shattering windows!*

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    amatrex says:

    Maybe folks should just say she seemed like a normal mom. Many people are normal by all appearances until the day they snap/lose their minds. Sometimes nobody can imagine or predict the horrible things that some people might do no matter how much they think they know the person..

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    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    @BoyWonder (hey) #54 I think all the younger kids had the same father as the original story lists the father’s name and they appear to have been married.

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    Anna says:

    Princess Smarty-Pants says:

    If I was 25 with four kids I would probably kill myself too.

    Seriously though, she probably suffered from chronic post partum depression that was never treated and then compounded when she was basically pregnant for the last three years.
    ~~~~~~~
    Post Partum is not a joke, factor that w/the fact that there were 2 kids that were under 3. Add in 3 diff fathers, of whom she fought w/a couple of them. Why do men leave their kids w/unstable mothers, most times the warning signs are there, some ppl just don’t know the symptoms, we live in a tech world ppl need to google more.

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    prynsexxx says:

    Phrozen1der says:

    where are their fathers??
    ___________________________

    I could take a guess, but I don’t like to ASS-U-ME.

    But Sandy did say “Gilliam later called police, saying Armstrong was fighting with the father of three of her four children.”

    So there’s the answer to THREE of the FOUR kids. As far as the remaining one? One could only guess.

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    Erica says:

    TRULY a heartbreaking story :cry: Those poor babies. May God be with the surviving son as he cops with that absolute MADNESS. Going to hug my son just a little bit tighter tonight…

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    StillASassyOne says:

    You know what…When I heard this story this morning (no names were mentioned), I IMMEDIATELY said: “these white folks are getting crazier and crazier. She probably had post-partum depression having all those kids back to damn back! Bish give your cooch a rest!!”

    Then when I read these names… :nono:

    And I JUST watched an episode of L&O:CI on Monday where the mother had 4 little boys under 7 and was stuck with them in a house all day, so she put a pipe bomb under the car for the next time she drove and the blast was trying to do a “we’re all going out together” murder/suicide thing but the little boy had put the window down too early so the oldest boy and she lived thru the blast. She had been suffering from post-partum for 3 years but her hubby never allowed her to get help for it. (She was white, though.)

    I swear- it’s like the chick in this story WATCHED that same episode on Monday night, and then pulled this sh*t last night. SMH. I :pray: the little boy will recover one day and has lots of love and counseling around him.

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    LadyLew says:

    WOW! Her fighting with the youngest 3′s father makes u wonder was this about getting at him. The only one that survived was not his son. Dayum may they all rest in peace!

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    CFREE says:

    DAYUM, chit aint that serious! I just can’t see it. I have no respect for people that can’t handle life wana out they self and others. Weak azz! Those Poor babies :(

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    Dawn Sheen says:

    Why is she 25 with 4 kids?

    Sandra gone and cover that lady from Atlanta who “disappeared” and left her husband and 5 kids… I am so sure she ran off

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    prynsexxx says:

    Anna says:

    ….”there were 2 kids that were under 3. Add in 3 diff fathers, of whom she fought w/a couple of them. Why do men leave their kids w/unstable mothers, most times the warning signs are there, some ppl just don’t know the symptoms, we live in a tech world ppl need to google more.
    _________________

    I don’t usually pick apart what ppl say on here but……

    Where did it say there were 3 different fathers? I know I’ve only read what Sandy wrote and I’ll have to gather the facts a lil later but…..and as far as the question of “why do men leave their kids with unstable mothers”……The same can be asked as to why do men lay with women who they’ve said were crazy? Why do men HAVE babies by women who they say are crazy? Why do women have babies with unstable men? Men who they KNOW ain’t got chit, ain’t gone be chit, ain’t never tried to be chit and never will be chit? You’re right, we do live in a tech world, but some ppl don’t think or know to Google the one they are with….IJS

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    RatchetFree says:

    Dawn Sheen says:

    Why is she 25 with 4 kids?

    Sandra gone and cover that lady from Atlanta who “disappeared” and left her husband and 5 kids… I am so sure she ran off
    ________________
    Yep. Last msg she sent to him said she was turning off her phone and throwing it away. :nono: Sounds pretty suspicious to me.

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    brucebaner1 says:

    Not trying to make light of this serious situation but if this was me now much less 10 years old I would’ve died with the other kids. I was in the Navy for 7 years and I still can’t swim. I guess the mom did something right………

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    prynsexxx says:

    Dawn Sheen says:

    Why is she 25 with 4 kids?
    _________________________

    Because she didn’t use a condom…

    *had to do it ;)

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    RatchetFree says:

    @Bruce
    That’s the same thing I was thinking. My azz would have been scared to jump out the car into the water. I still need a noodle to swim. :wail:

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    brucebaner1 says:

    @ RatchetFree – What is a noodle? Since i don’t go ANYWHERE near water I’m not up with the “pool lingo” :-)

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    RatchetFree says:

    @Bruce
    lol. It’s the little foam tube thing you put under your arm to help u stay afloat.

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    OHoney says:

    Alex and Bruce I hate you both :lol:

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    Ace says:

    So who wants to explain this

    post-partum depression

    Thing to the Naive(Me)? :coffee:

    or do i have wait for a Medical Minute?

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    KrayZKat says:

    My heart is deeply saddened for the family, and especially, the little boy who will have to live w/this the rest of his life. Lord have mercy; it’s just tragic. :cry:

    Depression is a huge issue in the black community. It’s just not always talked about.

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    !*LaKErCHiC@*! says:

    this is soo fukn sad and the lil man at 11 had to witness this chit lawwwd :cry:

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    Phrozen1der says:

    @PSP WOW!

    @His :hug:

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    Mamacita says:

    @prynsexxx I think she assumed 3 fathers because they have 3 different last names. Not sure how many there are though. I think someone said 2.

    This is a sad story and proves that anyone is capable of this, not just white women (don’t know why people only think white folks do this kind of stuff :shrug: )

    SN: Parents please teach you kids how to swim. You never know when they may need it!

    :pray:

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    Dawn Sheen says:

    RatchetFree says:

    Dawn Sheen says:

    Why is she 25 with 4 kids?

    Sandra gone and cover that lady from Atlanta who “disappeared” and left her husband and 5 kids… I am so sure she ran off
    ________________
    Yep. Last msg she sent to him said she was turning off her phone and throwing it away. Sounds pretty suspicious to me
    __________
    We have stories like this ALL the time here. I hate that people waste our money just cause they made poor life choices.

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    Phrozen1der says:

    @Prynn At least MOST were by the same man, AND she was married to him.. :shrugs:

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    ALBoy says:

    @ Ace once a women has a baby there is an emotional imbalance that takes place where they feel as if they have lost a part of themselves. Then you have most people focusing on the baby and not the mother and they can deal. the pressure that they have to be a parent and do all the things it takes to care for a kid takes its toll and some women snap others get help most suck it up :coffee:

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    Terri B says:

    “She was a very good mom,” said Tina Claybourne, who lives nearby. “She took care of her kids. She always was with her kids.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    How did I know this statement would come up?

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    RatchetFree says:

    As a Psychology major, I am all for people getting help. I don’t know why so many ppl(black and yt but black especially) view that as such a bad thing. Sometimes it’s good just to go release some shyt to someone who doesn’t know you but can give you the feedback you need. Going to see a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist does not mean that you have some type of disorder. Hell, sometimes I don’t want to talk to the ppl I know. So, once or twice a year I go talk to my counselor just to put some shyt out there and release it from my system. I just wish that there wasn’t such a stigma placed on seeking mental problems. But like I said, going doesn’t mean you have a mental problem. Sometimes it’s good just to talk and have someone listen. On the other hand, if you do need further treatment, at least that person can give it to you or direct you in the right direction.

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    brucebaner1 says:

    @MAMACITA – we always think whte people do these things becasue they arent use to dealing with hardship, poverty, single parenthood the way WE are……just look at all those people that killed themselves when stocks crash…black people just keep on moving….we started with nothing; whats the big deal….

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    laterthannever says:

    PPD is no joke. This is also why Planned Parenthood should get a funding INCREASE. If there was one in her area ten years ago she could have been shot up with (evil) Depo and avoided this tragic downward spiral. Bless those babies, this is terrible.

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    LuvMySailor says:

    I remember I had to take a suicide awareness course in gradschool

    Bless her heart, to the mother death was the ultimate relief to her woes and by killing her children she is “sharing” this relief with her children. She was convinced life would be better without her and she did not want to leave her children motherless so she took them with her to relieve their lives too.

    I wonder if she had a strong family support or if she had recently loss her job?

    God bless her and her family

  89. 89
    free says:

    that boy is going to need a lot of prayer and counseling. i can’t help but to think she did this to spite the father. i don’t see how you could do that to your kids. i can’t imagine the last moments. hopefully they were asleep.

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    Sandra Rose says:

    Post updated with pictures of the family :(

  91. 91
    West Coast Chick says:

    :shocked:
    OMG- I just couldnt imagine hurting my children

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    KrayZKat says:

    Those poor babies.

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    lola773 says:

    Beautiful family may God bless their souls. :pray:

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    SnootyPooty says:

    This story is extremely sad….

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    chase says:

    I’m from NY and have family in Newburgh, so when I heard the story I pretty much knew it was gonna be a black family.

    I am hoping she was dealing with PPD and the after effects of DV. R.I.P. to her and those beautiful babies. The 10 year old will never be the same again..

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    SnootyPooty says:

    @Chase Yeah that is the sad part although he didnt die he still will never forget what happen. I hope they get him someone to talk to counselor/Psychiatrist

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    She must have felt to be a burden. I have 1 child and I know how pathetic I felt after losing my job after 8 years. I knew my family had my back. I bet you she didn’t know she had backing.

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    missbyrdie says:

    I dont care what she had.. There is NEVER a valid excuse to kill innocent children. Poor Poor Babies! Some people just should not be allowed to pro-create. PERIOD!

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    Ur right… I think I may have given the vibe of an an excuse…….No That ish was mean and selfish. I just know how sad i felt when I wasn’t able to do this and that for my son. That’s it.

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