Woman Accused Of Killing Her Own Kids Unfit To Stand Trial

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A judge ruled Thursday that a mother accused of killing her two young children is incompetent to stand trial.

Chelsea Thornton faced two counts of murder.  Her lawyer said she would plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Thornton will be sent to the East Louisiana Mental Health System.

Police say she confessed to shooting her three-year-old son and drowning her four-year-old daughter in a bathtub inside their Gert Town home in October.

At the scene, friends and neighbors said Thornton struggled with mental illness.  During a preliminary court hearing, Thornton’s family members expressed similar concern about her mental health.