Competency Questioned for Texas Mom Who Mutilated Baby, Citing Scripture


The Texas murder case against Dena Schlosser will not move forward until a court-appointed psychologist decides whether she is mentally competent to stand trial. Dr. David Self was appointed Tuesday to determine whether Schlosser understands the accusations against her, that she cut off the arms of her 10-month-old baby, who died. Dr. Self will report his findings at a Jan. 21 court hearing.

Schlosser, 35, was found in her Plano apartment Nov. 22 with a knife in her hand after she admitted to a 911 operator that she had cut off Margaret Schlosser’s arms. Hymns played in the background. Her lawyer said Tuesday that Schlosser has mentioned a part of the New Testament in Matthew 5:30 that reads: “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Schlosser’s family has attributed her actions to postpartum psychosis and an unhealthy infatuation with her religion and Doyle Davidson, the leader of Water of Life Church in Plano.


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