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    TX - Alexander Maxon, 1, drowned in hot tub, Mansfield, 30 June 2006

    MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield mother faces a capital murder charge after being arrested on suspicion of drowning her 1-year-old son in the backyard hot tub late Friday afternoon. Police offered no motive...

    Judith Field, a neighbor, told NBC5 that Maxon appeared "catatonic." Field speculated that news reports on the trial of Andrea Yates, a Houston-area woman accused of drowning her children, may have motivated Maxon.
    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/14947279.htm


    OK, the part in blue....uh, what does that remark mean? That it wouldn't have happened without Andrea Yates being in the news?

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    Sick people in the world!

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    yeah, that's stupid. both women and men have engaged in various methods of infanticide (including drowning) for eons... it's nothing new, and was certainly not pioneered by the yates incident.

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    It has nothing to do with Andrea Yates. It is another mentally ill individual who should have never had a child. There is a story to this we just haven't heard it yet.

    Look at her pic...the extremely flat affect!

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    No way to yet assess much of anything here.

    Though I was happy when Andrea Yates was awarded a new trial.
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    MANSFIELD -- When Michael Maxon came home from the grocery store, his son's small body was already cold, he told a 911 dispatcher in a call released Wednesday.

    "Why? Why, Valeria? Why? ... Yeah, he's dead now, but he was fine before," he yelled at his wife...

    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/15081277.htm

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    Link to audio of 911 call found here.

    (Dallas Morning News)

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    I wonder if the mother has any history at all of mental illness? That poor little guy. And her poor husband coming home and finding his baby boy dead by his wife's hand. That is just a nightmare.

    It ticks me off that the media made a connection with Andrea Yates. Andrea is a very very sick woman. She has a long long history of mental illness. That jerk of an ex-husband should have had a trial too as far as I'm concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    I wonder if the mother has any history at all of mental illness? That poor little guy.
    The father states that she had mental problems for 3 or 4 months and was taking Zoloft prescribed by her doctor. For some reason the baby wasn't growing as well as expected and the mother blamed herself. I think she became delusional and believed she was somehow saving or curing her son by drowning him.

    That audio is so heartbreaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie
    The father states that she had mental problems for 3 or 4 months and was taking Zoloft prescribed by her doctor. For some reason the baby wasn't growing as well as expected and the mother blamed herself. I think she became delusional and believed she was somehow saving or curing her son by drowning him.

    That audio is so heartbreaking.


    Oh how sad. I wonder if that was all she was taking was Zoloft? That is for depression not mental problems. I took Zoloft for years after the murder of my daughter. Recently I started reading a lot about depression and how you should feel while on an antidepressant. I realized I didn't feel at all like I should have. I was totally empty inside and had no joy in life at all. My thoughts were suicidal a lot of the time and if it hadn't been for the granddaughter I was raising I probably wouldn't be here. I finally went to my doctor and made him listen to me. I had talked to him before about changing antidepressants and he just poohed poohed me. I told him that I was tired of feeling empty and having no joy in anything....I wanted my life back now! I also told him that if he didn't switch me I probably would commit suicide. He switched me to Paxil CR and I can't believe the difference. I feel like the me before Shellely was murdered. It is like day and night. I have been enjoying being alive for the past two months. I'm really beginning to wonder about Zoloft. I didn't have homicidal ideation but boy suicide was on my mind all of the time. I even had a plan that no one knew about.

    I just wonder about this gal and the Zoloft. If she was having bad thoughts I wonder if she talked to anyone about them? I did talk to my kids off and on about the way I felt inside. This is just so sad for all of them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    Oh how sad. I wonder if that was all she was taking was Zoloft? That is for depression not mental problems. I took Zoloft for years after the murder of my daughter. Recently I started reading a lot about depression and how you should feel while on an antidepressant. I realized I didn't feel at all like I should have. I was totally empty inside and had no joy in life at all. My thoughts were suicidal a lot of the time and if it hadn't been for the granddaughter I was raising I probably wouldn't be here. I finally went to my doctor and made him listen to me. I had talked to him before about changing antidepressants and he just poohed poohed me. I told him that I was tired of feeling empty and having no joy in anything....I wanted my life back now! I also told him that if he didn't switch me I probably would commit suicide. He switched me to Paxil CR and I can't believe the difference. I feel like the me before Shellely was murdered. It is like day and night. I have been enjoying being alive for the past two months. I'm really beginning to wonder about Zoloft. I didn't have homicidal ideation but boy suicide was on my mind all of the time. I even had a plan that no one knew about.

    I just wonder about this gal and the Zoloft. If she was having bad thoughts I wonder if she talked to anyone about them? I did talk to my kids off and on about the way I felt inside. This is just so sad for all of them.
    I'm not even sure she was actually taking her Zoloft:

    Michael Maxon also said that his wife, Valeria, was “supposed” be taking the antidepressant Zoloft.

    She may have needed something stronger. It's sad to think that child might still be here if she was on a different medication. I'm wondering, like you are, if she had mentioned any bad thoughts to anyone.

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    Zoloft/Paxil

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    I took Zoloft for years after the murder of my daughter. Recently I started reading a lot about depression and how you should feel while on an antidepressant. I realized I didn't feel at all like I should have. I was totally empty inside and had no joy in life at all. My thoughts were suicidal a lot of the time and if it hadn't been for the granddaughter I was raising I probably wouldn't be here. I finally went to my doctor and made him listen to me. I had talked to him before about changing antidepressants and he just poohed poohed me. I told him that I was tired of feeling empty and having no joy in anything....I wanted my life back now! I also told him that if he didn't switch me I probably would commit suicide. He switched me to Paxil CR and I can't believe the difference. I feel like the me before Shellely was murdered. It is like day and night. I have been enjoying being alive for the past two months. I'm really beginning to wonder about Zoloft. I didn't have homicidal ideation but boy suicide was on my mind all of the time. I even had a plan that no one knew about.

    I just wonder about this gal and the Zoloft. If she was having bad thoughts I wonder if she talked to anyone about them? I did talk to my kids off and on about the way I felt inside. This is just so sad for all of them.
    It is so interesting to me to hear you say that about Paxil. I took Zoloft for anxiety and thought it did nothing. Then I took Paxil and was depressed and suicidal (two things I hadn't been before). Now I take Effexor XR, which seems to work well. I am wondering if it has a lot to do with body chemistry or something, since the same medication can affect two people SO differently. And I too wonder, from what the husband said, if she was even taking the medication she was prescribed at all.

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    My husband & I both listened to that 911 call and both agree that it just seemed bizarre. The father seemed so calm and "matter of fact" during most of the call. He did get a little agitated towards the end, but nothing like I would have been had I come home to find my child dead. I even asked my husband what his reaction would have been as a male (god forbid). He thought his response was a little off too. Was I the only one to think this?

    It makes me wonder if something else was terribly wrong in that house. I also thought his comment "You ruined it" was a little odd. May little Alex rest in peace.

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    TX - Alexander Maxon, 1, drowned in hot tub, Mansfield, 30 June 2006

    Finally--a Dallas area man whose wife drowned their one year old infant, is being charged with child abandonment, after he had been warned to not leave her alone with the baby:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...s.3b41412.html

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    Mr. Maxon recorded tapes, homemade therapy for his wife when she became depressed. On them, a police affidavit said, Mr. Maxon repeatedly chanted: "Our son is riding on the short bus." "Life is so deliciously miserable." "I am a mother. It's all my fault."
    According to court testimony, Mrs. Maxon was despondent over her son's delayed developmental issue and blamed her breast milk for his disorders.
    from the article above. i see why he should share the guilt. in fact he has more guilt than his wife. we can not expect the mentally ill to think correctly. what is his excuse?

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