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Dena Schlosser was found not guilty by reason of insanity on April 7, 2006 and committed to the North Texas State Hospital. Released in December 2008. She recommitted in April 2010 and was released in 2011.
Dena Schlosser (née Leitner, born 1969) is an American woman from Texas who, on November 22, 2004, used a knife to amputate the arms of her eleven-month-old daughter, Margaret, who died as a result. Plano police responded to a 9-1-1 call made by concerned workers at a local day care center who had spoken to her earlier that day. The operator testified that she confessed to her and that the gospel song "He Touched Me" played in the background. When police arrived, they saw her calmly sitting down, covered in blood, holding the knife, and singing Christian hymns.
murderpedia.org)Dena Schlosser (born 1969) is a Plano, Texas woman who, on November 22, 2004, amputated the arms of her eleven-month-old daughter, Margaret, with a knife. Plano police responded to a 9-1-1 call made by concerned workers at a local day care center who had spoken to Schlosser earlier that day. The 9-1-1 operator testified that Schlosser confessed to her and that the gospel song, "He Touched Me" played in the background. When police arrived, they saw Schlosser covered in blood and calmly sitting holding the knife singing Christian hymns. (Source:
Psychiatrist David Self testified that Schlosser told him that she had interpreted a television news story about a boy being mauled by a lion as a sign of the coming apocalypse and that she had heard God commanding her to remove her baby's arm and then her own. The attack was later described as "religious frenzy". Self determined that Dena Schlosser suffered from postpartum psychosis.
Dena Schlosser was briefly seen in the 2005 documentary, The God Who Wasn't There, which is critical of Christianity. Schlosser is cited by atheist writer/director Brian Flemming, who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home, as one of a series of people who committed and or incited others to commit crimes under the pretext of them being divinely inspired. Scholsser's caption reads, "Devout Christian; Cut her baby's arms off, for God". Charles Manson, Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (the authors of the Left Behind series of books), and the victims of the Branch Davidian church fire in Waco, Texas (described as "86 crispy victims of similar apocalyptic literature") are also shown. (Source: en-academic.com)
Doctors would claim that Dena was experiencing a psychotic episode. She spent two days a Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital and was given Haldol and Ativan. Dena, known that something was not right with her, did not want to leave the hospital. However, John “prayed about it” and he was told by God that Dena was suffering from a simple case of demonic possession.
In March 2004, Dena leaves in the wee hours. Doctors found her the next morning, lying on the bathroom floor of an ER. She is screaming and in a state of psychosis. Scared that doctors will tell his wife that she’s got anything more than demon possession, John prays about it and takes her back home. (Source: talkmurder.com)