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Kill-Crazy Texas Mom Pounded Boys to Bloody Pulps After Order From God (FPD CASE VAULT)

Deanna Laney: Kill-Crazy Mom Pounded Boys to Bloody Pulp
Source: AMI Special; AP Photo/Court Photo

Covered in her children's blood, the murderous religious zealot looked dazed and confused in her May 12, 2003, police mug shot; Aaron (front) suffered brain damage during his mom's attack. His brothers Luke and Josh died.

Sep. 22 2023, Published 12:08 p.m. ET

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Deanna Laney claimed she had a "spiritual sister."

Sounds nice, except Deanna was unstable, and the soul sister she adored was Andrea Yates, the infamous mom who drowned her five kids.

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In 2003, Deanna, 39, became infamous herself. She stoned her own kids to death.

It came out that Deanna was having visions that she interpreted as a kill order from the Almighty.

She'd seen her two-year-old, Aaron, playing with a spear. Then, Aaron brought her a rock.

Later, Deanna saw him squeeze a frog and, as crazy as it sounds, came to this conclusion: God was telling her to stab, stone or strangle her young ones.

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Deanna Laney: Kill-Crazy Mom Pounded Boys to Bloody Pulp
Source: AP Photo/D.J. Peters; AP Photo/Randy Eli Grothe

Lawmen James Finch described the boys' gore-splattered room (left) while on the witness stand.; District Attorney Matt Bingham hefted a rock used by the killer as he made a point during her March 2004 trial.


On Mother's Day, Laney took her three boys outside her New Chapel Hill home in Texas. One by one, she smashed their skulls with rocks. Then she called 911. Joshua, 8, and Luke, 6, were dead. Little Aaron was left brain-damaged.

Her hubby, Keith Laney, who stood by her side at the trial, has since divorced her.

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Deanna Laney: Kill-Crazy Mom Pounded Boys to Bloody Pulp
Source: AP Photo/D.J. Peters; AP Photo/David Branch

Keith Laney (left) stood by his wife during the trial.

Like Yates, Laney was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

She was released from a mental facility around Mother's Day 2012 with court orders to stay on her meds and keep away from young children.


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