Ten years after being convicted of murdering her five children, her attorney says she is "doing well" and contributing to the postpartum depression awareness effort her trial instigated.
"I didn't know that," attorney George Parnham said Sunday evening when told that Monday marked ten years to the day that his most famous client, Andrea Yates, had been convicted of murdering her five small children in the bathtub of their home. "I have such strong memories of the trial and that day." (I had called Parnham last week seeking comment about the grim anniversary -- and an update on Yates -- for this retrospective piece posted Sunday).
So how is Andrea Yates ten years after Houston jurors took less than four hours to reject her insanity defense? "She's doing very well," Parnham said. "I talked to her today. I see her perhaps once a month. She's close to members in the firm. For instance, my wife will provide transportation for her mother to visit her." Yates currently resides and is treated at the Kerrville State Hospital, which is located approximately 70 miles from San Antonio.
"She is gradually trying to get acclimated to the normalcy of society," Parnham said. "She's taken an active role in the Yates Children Memorial Fund [created ten years ago by Parnham and his wife to spread the word about mental illness, in general, and about postpartum illness, in particular]. She makes cards and manufacturers aprons, which she sells anonymously, and then she takes the money and donates it to the Fund," Parnham said.