The AP is reporting that Otty Sanchez — the San Antonio mother who allegedly murdered her infant son — was suffering from postpartum psychosis, a rare but severe affliction that can result in hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and thoughts of suicide and infanticide.
Members of Sanchez’s family have said she had a history of institutionalizations for mental illness.
These revelations raise the question of whether Sanchez was receiving any emergency mental-health services. And if not, how did she fall through the cracks?
The Legislature slightly increased funding for emergency mental-health services in 2007. But before that, the Legislature had historically short-changed them, along with much of Texas’ feeble mental health system.
So far we know that Sanchez had evidently been diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. The in-patient facility that had once housed Sanchez had reportedly called to check on her. And her erratic behavior had resulted in a call to police the day before the tragedy.
Did the system in San Antonio function as it should? There are some indications it might not have.