Invisible Children

Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary Yates

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and Mary, an infant, were drowned in the family’s bathtub by their mother, Andrea Yates, one after another. Yates believed that she had to kill her offspring as children lest they come of age and turn away from God. Yates had long suffered from depression, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The family lived in Texas, and Yates homeschooled her oldest child while the others had not yet reached school age.

Date: June 20, 2001
Location: Houston, Texas

Documents: Date:
Andrea Yates: More to the Story 2002-03-18