Several years ago, in Georgia, a mother was arrested and prosecuted for killing her two sons. Now that fact in itself makes you think "oh my goodness, what was this woman thinking!?!" Now consider the circumstances, the woman's two sons had Huntington's Disease which is inherited and does not begin to show symptoms until mid-adulthood. Characteristics of Huntington's Disease are uncontrolled movements, physical atrophy, loss of intellectual faculties, and emotional disturbance. There is no cure for this disease, you can only prescribe medication to help with the symptoms. The woman had already cared for and lost her husband to this disease and her sons were diagnosed a couple years after her husband passed away. Once her sons were diagnosed, they were placed in a care facility and the mother was forced to relive her experience with her sons, watching their heath decline every day and waiting for the disease to completely win out. Unable to cope, she shot her sons in order to end their suffering. As I mentioned before, she was arrested and prosecuted but due to the circumstances was found to be "insane" at the time of the incident and thus was not charged with murder.
What are your thoughts on this case? Do you agree or disagree with the verdict? What would you do?
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Firstly, my thoughts on this case may be somewhat far fetched because it appears the Georgian mother should not have procreated with a Huntington Disease carrier. According to the National Institute of Health, "this condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern," ...
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