Woman not guilty by reason of insanity in children's deaths

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 3:41 PM
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A 23-year-old Augusta mother who stabbed her two small children to death in November 2007 was found not guilty by reason of insanity today.

Jeanette Hawes waived her right to a jury trial and faced a bench trial in Richmond County Superior Court before Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

Ms. Hawes agreed to a stipulation that stated that on Nov. 29, 2007, she stabbed to death 3-year-old Shakayla Hawes and 1-year-old Jordan Hawes inside a restroom at a Lumpkin Road convenience store.

Two doctors - one a psychiatrist and the other a psychologist who performs forensic evaluations - testified today that they believe Ms. Hawes met the legal definition of insanity.

At the time she killed her children, both doctors testified, they believe she was under the effect of paranoid delusions and unable to tell the difference between right and wrong.

The verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity means Ms. Hawes will be committed to a state mental hospital. She can only be released by order of Judge Overstreet.

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dani
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dani 01/07/09 - 04:44 pm
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Oh my God! Help us all.

Oh my God! Help us all.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 01/07/09 - 04:48 pm
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Sad but when I saw her pics

Sad but when I saw her pics back them of her hair style she couldn't have been to crazy to get an UP TO DATE hair style. I'm sorry but she should stay in the Mental ward for Life, IMO.

Moosette
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Moosette 01/07/09 - 04:50 pm
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Very, Very Tragic....Can

Very, Very Tragic....Can people ever get over "effects of paranoid delusions"? Is the state mental hospital going to help her get back on the streets instead of being in prision for killing her two innocent children? So sad.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 01/07/09 - 04:58 pm
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thank you so much judge

thank you so much judge overstreet, we all feel so much safer with you on the bench releasing murders and child molesers back onto the streets so that they can do it again. when will we finally get rid of this man???

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:06 pm
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How in this world could that

How in this world could that sorry azz judge let her get away with murdering her kids? This is pathetic. She is not insane. She knew what she was doing, and nobody can convince me otherwise.When she killed her kids there were people on here praising her on what a good mother she was, and that she had problems. No other story has affected me more than this one. She is taking up oxygen someone else could be using.

tl-bro
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tl-bro 01/07/09 - 05:07 pm
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Trouble - if you had actually

Trouble - if you had actually read the article before posting your comment, you would have noticed that she is NOT being released to the streets to do it again.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:08 pm
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there is no excuse for this

there is no excuse for this low life idiot getting away with this. I hope she suffers every day she has left on this earth. Our justice system has failed.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:08 pm
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tl-bro the judge can release

tl-bro the judge can release her when he wants to.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:09 pm
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She can only be released by

She can only be released by order of Judge Overstreet.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 01/07/09 - 05:09 pm
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I'm sure Judge Overstreet

I'm sure Judge Overstreet went by the law and made his decision accordingly. I cannot imagine letting this woman out anytime in the near or even distant future.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:11 pm
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Well I don't trust the judge.

Well I don't trust the judge.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 01/07/09 - 05:11 pm
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tl-bro, she might as well be

tl-bro, she might as well be released back onto the streets. She isn't going to stay in the mental hospital forever.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:13 pm
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It is too bad that trigger

It is too bad that trigger happy cops could not have been first on the scene of the murders. Then we would not be supporting her for as long as we have, and as long as Judge Overstreet decides she will be in a mental hospital.

toppergem
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toppergem 01/07/09 - 05:13 pm
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Judge Overstreet, I commend

Judge Overstreet, I commend you for making this very difficult decision. It was clear to the medical professionals that she had sever mental problems and putting her in prision without the ability to get help for her condition was not going to be the answer. Sometimes the judicial system does not work as we observers think it should...and sometimes that is a mighty good thing.

Trouble1
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Trouble1 01/07/09 - 05:15 pm
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ti-bro, give it time, judge

ti-bro, give it time, judge overstreet will release her, he always does

toppergem
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toppergem 01/07/09 - 05:17 pm
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...I saw her pics back them

...I saw her pics back them of her hair style she couldn't have been to crazy to get an UP TO DATE hair style. I'm sorry but she should stay in the Mental ward for Life, IMO...WHAT???...what does an up to date hairstyle have to do with anything? Some of the craziest people dresses to nines, post on this Board and walk down the streets of our fine town every day. Your point????

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 05:22 pm
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Ok toppergem. Go ahead and

Ok toppergem. Go ahead and defend her. That makes you no better than she is. I am out of here for awhile, because I am not staying here and listen to anyone who defends this female. I can't call her a woman, and can't call her an animal. an animal is much better than she is.I hope she suffers. I have nothing good to say about her.bye

butterflygina
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butterflygina 01/07/09 - 05:33 pm
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toppergem I agree with you.

toppergem I agree with you. This is almost like the closing chapter of a sad young life. Her mother passed several months ago. I really do believe that she lost her mind that moment she was in that bathroom killing her kids. Let's all hold our children a little closer tonight. And continue lending a helping hand to families in need and listening carefully when someone is crying out for help.

toppergem
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toppergem 01/07/09 - 05:36 pm
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Rose, my position may not

Rose, my position may not make me any better than Ms. Hawes. But, I do know who I am better than. I can not and will not stand in judgement of a person who is sick and out of their mind. If I don't stand in judgement of the sane, I will not stand in judgement of the insane. I will only ask for help and forgiveness for all...including you. So if that makes you up upset...oh well! Catch you on your return visit.

thereishope
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thereishope 01/07/09 - 05:39 pm
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Mental problems??? wasn't she

Mental problems??? wasn't she on drugs? She chose to take drugs, right!

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 01/07/09 - 05:43 pm
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SHe knew it was wrong

SHe knew it was wrong otherwise she wouldn't have locked the bathroom door. If ever a crime deserves the death penalty it's the taking of your own childrens lives. Those iinocent babies that loked to her for protection. What a pathetic justice system.

sanders23
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sanders23 01/07/09 - 05:52 pm
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unfathomable!!

unfathomable!!

msjay
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msjay 01/07/09 - 06:04 pm
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what an awful tragedy...who

what an awful tragedy...who are we to judge...at the time she may have been insane, but she is clearly in her right mind now...therefore, she is being punished...this is something that she lives with everyday...let's just unite and pray for her forgiveness...

tl-bro
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tl-bro 01/07/09 - 06:10 pm
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Ok - trouble - if you say "he

Ok - trouble - if you say "he always does," tell me when he has released other defendants committed to mental institutions.

realitycheck1
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realitycheck1 01/07/09 - 06:10 pm
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Did you morons actually read

Did you morons actually read the article where it says that TWO therapists said she was suffering from delusions where she couldn't tell right from wrong? Under the law, you cannot be convicted if you suffer from such delusions. I swear, some of you are too stupid to breathe.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 06:20 pm
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realitycheck she knew she was

realitycheck she knew she was doing wrong when she locked the door. I don't care how many drs say she was insane, I don't believe it. she deserves the death penalty, and I would gladly volunteer to witness her getting the needle.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 01/07/09 - 06:21 pm
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This is insane...

This is insane...

realitycheck1
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realitycheck1 01/07/09 - 06:22 pm
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So, Rose, next time you're

So, Rose, next time you're sick will you just self diagnose? I mean, since you know more than doctors, maybe we should just close down MCG. Why don't you just do surgery on yourself next time you're ill....since you're smarter than a physician, that is.

Rose
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Rose 01/07/09 - 06:32 pm
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realitycheck nothing you say

realitycheck nothing you say will change my mind. Anyone who harms a child does not deserve to live.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 01/07/09 - 06:35 pm
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I cannot say what happens

I cannot say what happens when a person is "insane". Basically we are all on the outside looking in and as we are looking we know that we would never do anything to harm anyone let alone our very own children. I have never been in a situation where I have lost my mind and I pray to God that I never do. It is unfortunate that this has happened and I really hate the outcome. I hope that she stays locked up in the mental institution for a very long time.

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