Name: Luke Schlemmer.
Died: April 1, 2014.
Age at death: 3.
Name: Daniel Schlemmer.
Died: April 5, 2014.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: McCandless, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: None; mother believed they were autistic.
Brothers Daniel and Luke were drowned in the bathtub by their mother, because she was convinced they were autistic and would be “better off in heaven”. Luke died right away; Daniel lingered on life support for a few days.
A year before, she had tried to kill them by tying them up with twine and running over them with her car several times trying to “end their suffering”. They were hospitalized with broken bones, but their mother claimed it had been an accident and no action was taken. A year later, the boys were dead.
Perpetrator: Laurel Michelle Schlemmer (Mother), plead guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 30-80 years.
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