Invisible Children

Joshua and Luke Laney

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.


Joshua and Luke Laney were eight and six when their mother smashed in their skulls with rocks. Deanna Laney, 39, believed God had called her to stone her sons. Laney was described by neighbors as a loving and devout homeschool mother, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Joshua and Luke’s younger brother Aaron suffered brain damage but survived the attack. The family lived in Texas.

Date: May 9, 2003
Location: Tyler, Texas

Documents: Date:
Texas Woman, Member of Assembly of God, Said God Told Her to Kill Sons 2003-05-13
Women Who Kill: Part II n/a