When 25-year-old Gilberta Estrada didn’t show up to work on Monday, her sister went to her Oak Hills mobile park home outside of Fort Worth, Texas to check up on her. She got there to find the doors locked. Believing that her sister had been depressed recently, she forced her way in and discovered Estrada and her four young daughters hanged in a closet using pieces of clothing and sashes. Maria Teresa Estrada, 5, Janet Frayre, 3, and Magaly Frayre, 2 were found dead alongside their mother. The baby, 8-month-year old Eveyln Frayre was still alive and rescued by her aunt. She is in good condition at a nearby hospital.

Estrada was suspected of being depressed recently. She was last seen on Monday evening with the girls. She had a temporary restraining order obtained in August 38-year-old Gregorio Frayre Rodriguez who may be the father of the three younger girls, and who is said to have attacked Estrada. There is no evidence that he ever abused the girls, however. The two separated in February. Now he may end up being his surviving daughter’s legal guardian.

Texas has grown notorious for crimes that entail mothers killing their children. Five years ago, Dee Etta Perez shot her three children ranging from ages 4-10 before killing herself. In 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her five children in her bathtub. In 2003, Deanna Laney beat her two youngest sons to death with stones. Lisa Ann Diaz also drowned her children in the bathtub. Deana Schlosser sliced her 10-month-old’s arms with a kitchen knife in 2004, killing her. All of these women claimed insanity and were considered innocent of their crimes. It makes one wonder what is it about Texas mothers that causes them to do these horrific things.

For related articles visit http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/29/children.killed.ap/index.html and http://www.myfoxcolorado.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3343422&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.3.1.

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