Police Accuse Mom Of Trying To Gas Self And Sons
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 6, 2006
HOMASSASA, FLORIDA--A Florida mother is behind bars, accused of trying to kill herself and her 14-year-old twin sons, Jeremy and Jacob, who have cerebral palsy.
Krystal Garza, 37, was arrested on the evening of May 30 and booked into Citrus County jail, charged with two counts of attempted murder.
According to local news sources, Garza had earlier phoned her ex-husband, who is the boy's father, and threatened to take all three of their lives.
A short time later, a motorist called 9-1-1 to report that he had seen a car parked by the road with a hose running from the exhaust pipe to the interior -- with a woman and two children inside.
Sheriff's deputies tracked down and arrested Garza. The boys were examined at a local hospital and released into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
As in many other cases where parents have been accused of killing or trying to kill their children that have disabilities, local newspapers featured glowing reports about Garza's devotion to her sons.
"She was an advocate for her children," the boys' teacher, Lynn Weed, told the St. Petersburg Times. "She made sure they got everything."
Fifteen-year-old neighbor Katie Wells, who said she sometimes babysat for Garza, said: "She was crazy about them. She loved on them the same way you'd love on a regular kid."
Garza is scheduled for arraignment on June 19.
"Woman accused of trying to kill disabled sons" (St. Petersburg Times)
"Please fight temptation to exploit child murder" (Inclusion Daily Express Weblog)