Decapitated baby’s mother had psychosis diagnosis, “medication” in purse day before killing son

By PAUL J. WEBER (AP) – 6 hours ago

SAN ANTONIO — Relatives of the Texas mother of a 3 1/2-week-old boy found dismembered in his bedroom said she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis, and the father of the slain baby said he wants the woman executed.

Otty Sanchez, 33, is charged with capital murder in the death of Scott Wesley Buchholtz-Sanchez. When authorities found the infant’s body Sunday, Sanchez told officers the devil made her do it, police said.

“She was a sweet person and I still love her, but she needs to pay the ultimate price for what she has done,” the baby’s father, Scott W. Buchholtz, told the San Antonio Express-News Monday. “She needs to be put to death for what she has done.”

Relatives and Buchholtz told the newspaper Sanchez’s mental health deteriorated in the week before her son’s death. Buchholtz, who called his son “baby Scotty,” said she often talked about how she needed to see a counselor. Sanchez told detectives she had been hearing voices.

Otty Sanchez’s aunt, Gloria Sanchez, told The Associated Press that her niece had been “in and out” of a psychiatric ward, and that the hospital called several months ago to check up on her.

Sanchez was hospitalized Tuesday with self-inflicted stab wounds and was being held on $1 million bail. Police have said she does not have an attorney. Authorities found the baby with three of his toes chewed off, his face torn away and his head was severed.

Otty Sanchez’s sister and her sister’s two children, ages 5 and 7, were in the house at the time, but none were harmed.

Sanchez and Buchholtz lived together during the pregnancy and the first two weeks after their son was born, Buchholtz told the Express-News. The paper reported that an infection complicated Sanchez’s recovery from giving birth, and she was required to use a catheter for about a week. That setback darkened her mood, and she was soon diagnosed with postpartum depression.

She moved out of the couple’s shared home July 20. On Saturday, she showed up to see Buchholtz at his parents’ house. She became agitated when he told her he needed a copy of the baby’s birth certificate and Social Security card, Buchholtz told the paper.

Sanchez ran out of the home with her son in a car seat, threw the car seat into the front passenger seat of her car and sped away without buckling him in, the paper said. She left behind a diaper bag, her purse and her medication.

Buchholtz’s mother called 911, and a sheriff’s deputy investigated the incident as a disturbance, according to court records. The next day, authorities said, she killed her son.

Officers called to Sanchez’s house at about 5 a.m. Sunday found her sitting on the couch screaming “I killed my baby! I killed my baby!” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

McManus described the crime scene as so grisly that police officers barely spoke to each other while looking through the house.

4 thoughts on “Decapitated baby’s mother had psychosis diagnosis, “medication” in purse day before killing son

  1. The article says she was in and out of a psych ward. More than once? How many times? Those places don’t just invite people in for a Coke and a Smile. They push drugs. They won’t take no for an answer, and long term Psych Victims report knowing More about the drugs than the Dr./s Pushing them.

    This hurried to print, grisly article only fuels the push for increased psych drug sales by spotlighting one ‘Psych Patient’ as a monster incapable of being comprehended by ‘Normals’, and by extension through its sensationalizing of the details, painting all Psych Detainees as potential monsters: Needing to be drugged, ……. Without, delving into the type/s, doses, and duration of any psychotropic drug/s or drug cocktail/s (well documented as producing violent melt downs) which somebody had Already Chemically Unbalanced her with.

    Abilify: 25% Akathisia.

    It appears that she was experiencing a Rebound Effect (and possibly a worsening in the week before from some tinkerer’s adjusting of whatever she was on) – which might be likened to an emotional/perceptual case of the Bends experienced by Divers who decompress too rapidly – as she committed the crime.

    Detoxing too rapidly (from Meds she left behind) can leave people far worse off – with a withdrawal Super Sensitivity Psychosis – than if they had never been drugged to begin with.

    This tabloid journalist misses the fact that the HELP/MEDICATION she’d already Been poisoned with may very well have been what caused her to snap.

    1. Well we don’t know for sure what if any drugs she actually took. Or whether she was really in withdrawal at all if she did take them, since she left her purse at the ex’s house less than 24 hours before the murder. We need to see the evidence not just speculation from her ex which is coming out now, and by the way he is on 6 psych drugs himself. She was breastfeeding so who knows if she took / withdrew from meds. All we have right now are a few pieces of information.

  2. Here’s an idea – how about if 2 schizophrenic people are disqualified from having a baby?????????

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