Terrell, TX – A Texas woman who was hospitalized after cutting off her baby’s arms in 2004 has recently been fired from her job at Walmart after a news crew told her employers of her past.
Dena Schlosser made headlines in 2004 after she cut the arms off of her 10-month-old daughter. Her daughter would die soon after. Schlosser was reportedly found covered in blood and singing church hymns. Schlosser would eventually tell psychiatrists that God had told her to do it.
A jury found Schlosser not guilty by reason of insanity. She was hospitalized until 2008 when a judged ruled that she no longer required treatment. Should would return to hospitalization in 2010.
Sometime between 2010 and now, Schlosser went from being a hospitalized mental patient to being a Walmart associate. A Walmart spokewoman says Schlosser, who now uses the last name Laettner, was hired in June. Schlosser was fired Monday after news station WFAA-TV told the company about her past.
I know that you are as outraged as I. This woman paid her debt to society through extended… well… treatment in non-penal facilities of some kind. …and now, after finding a job in a place where I suspect she could truly fit in, her past comes back to haunt her. She had a stable job in this horrible economy. Many people would give an arm and a leg for a job like that these days. …and it has been taken away.
We should also consider the circumstances of the original crime. Perhaps she was being threatened by the infant. I have seen no analysis of the original event in this way – other than the frequent mention that the daughter was unarmed.
Hear me now! A Walmart without crazy associates is not a Walmart at all! I can’t help but to think that we are all witness to a great tragedy here.
Tags: Amputation, Dena Schlosser, infant, Murder, Texas