The Death Penalty: Mentally Ill Men Are Executed; Mentally Ill Women Are Committed

Scott Wesley Buchholtz- Sanchez (“Baby Scott”) was born on June 30, 2009. She was studying to be a pharmacy technician. Baby Scott lived for just three and a half weeks.  On July 25, 2009, Otty took a knife and dismembered Baby Scott. She chewed off three of his little toes, severed his head, and ripped out his brains; there is evidence that she even ate some of his brains.  The scene was so gruesome that first responders could not even speak to each other; some were seen crying outside of the home. When interviewed by investigators, Otty revealed that the devil made her do it.  Although she was found competent to stand trial, Otty was spared from the death penalty. Instead, she was committed to—and to date remains in—a mental institution.

Photo source: Patrick Feller