I say attempted. What type of mother would do this? If you’re emotionally ill and unstable why not get help? Is it easier to murder your child than it is to reach out and say ” help me”? I don’t understand the notion of a person saying that they don’t want to die, yet they find it so easy to take the life of someone else. I’ve always considered that cowardice. You gave life to this child and then you took away her existence. It may seem like I’m double talking, but in reality, that’s what it is. It is a constant battle between good and evil. Some days perhaps she was able to hold it together. I just hate when the child gets murdered but you have the problem. A mixture of certain drugs can also cause one to have hallucinations. Voices in your head could be a sign that there’s a problem. Unless you’re a Christian, then OBVIOUSLY it’s god.
Wrong timing? Sorry, had to do it. Anyway…
Mental illness is real and so many women suffer from it, ( men as well) and they suffer in silence because it is tough to get people to understand. Many times you were just given a pill but you’re never able to get to the root of your problem. Mental illness is not just about taking pills, it’s about extensive therapy. It’s about reading and investing the time in yourself to understand why you feel the way you feel. It’s about finding a therapist who understands your needs. There is no doubt in my mind that this mom was ill.
I believe she truly loves this child and is extremely heartbroken by what took place. She just could not fight the voices that she was hearing. It must have been overwhelming for her. I cannot imagine what anyone could have done to prevent this, because this is a voluntary commitment. Each individual person must first admit that they have a problem and seek help before they can begin to heal. It is sad that this child had to suffer because the mother felt powerless.
The best thing about this story is the mother will serve time for this. Regardless of your mental illnesses, you still have to be accountable.
Read the story below…
A 30-year-old woman slashed her daughter’s throat, killing the 8-year-old girl, before attempting to kill herself Sunday morning at a home in Walker where the two were living, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Walker police officers and paramedics performed CPR on 8-year-old Ariana Courtney and tried to save her life, Sheriff Jason Ard said, but she was pronounced dead at her home at 28800 Gaylord Road shortly after 9 a.m.
The girl’s mother, Christine Courtney, also had deep cuts to her throat and had to be restrained by deputies and others at the house, Ard said.
Courtney told them that “different people were telling her to take her own life and the life of the child,” Ard said.
Courtney was airlifted to a Baton Rouge hospital where she was listed in stable condition Sunday night, said Lori Steele, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Ard said the lacerations around her throat were self-inflicted.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Courtney’s arrest on a count of first-degree murder.
A crime scene cleanup truck was parked Sunday afternoon in the driveway of the neatly kept Gaylord Road home where the mother and daughter were living with Ariana’s great-grandparents.
The Rev. Wes Courtney, the pastor of Revival Temple in Walker, said the girl’s killing has left the family reeling. Wes Courtney, who said he is not related to Christine Courtney’s family, described her family as particularly close-knit and longtime residents of the area.
“As you can imagine, they’re upset and asking a lot of questions,” Wes Courtney said. “It’s just a tragic, tragic thing.”
Both the sheriff and the pastor said there’s no indication the girl’s killing is related to the widespread flooding that devastated much of the area over the past week. Wes Courtney said the home stayed dry, although extensive damage could be seen throughout much of the quiet, leafy neighborhood.
Former neighbors of Christine and Ariana Courtney at a Greenwell Springs apartment complex where the mother and daughter lived until a couple of years ago recalled the child as “a ray of sunshine.”
“All of our kids played together when they lived here,” said Maggie Morgan, a mother of four. “(Ariana was) very smart, very sweet, very silly. She was such a good kid.”
But Morgan said Christine Courtney, who collected rent and helped manage the apartments, seemed off: Absent-minded, forgetting whole conversations within hours and occasionally neglecting to pick up rent checks.
“I just don’t understand why she did that to her girl,” Morgan said.