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Authorities say woman was hearing voices; one child's body found

Updated: 7:53 a.m. ET Oct. 20, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman who authorities said was hearing voices tossed her three young children off a pier into San Francisco Bay. Rescuers had found one body, and the other two children were feared dead.

The mother, Lashaun Harris, 23, of Oakland, was booked on three counts of murder, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in Thursday's editions. Her children were identified as Trayshaun Harris, 6, Travante Greely, 3, and Joshua Harris, 1.

A child's body was found about four hours after a witness reported seeing a woman drop the children into the bay near Pier 7 Wednesday, said Jonathan Guerra of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The San Francisco Examiner reported Thursday that the body of the 3-year-old had been recovered.
While rescuers searched for the children, an empty stroller was visible on the pier. A small inflatable Coast Guard boat was hugging the water front as rescuers used hand-held flashlights to search under the pier. Larger Coast Guard and San Francisco police boats were searching the water with high-powered flashlights.

'I'm sick to my stomach,' mayor says
Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the scene to get briefed by authorities and would only tell reporters, "I'm sick to my stomach," before leaving.

Lashaun Harris told authorities that voices had told her to throw her children into the water, the Chronicle reported. It was not immediately known whether she had an attorney.

She had been staying with her children at a Salvation Army shelter in Oakland, Mary Ann Ramirez, the social services manager of the shelter, told the Chronicle.

"I just talked to her yesterday," Ramirez said Wednesday. "We had our usual how are you doing, how's the kids. I would never have guessed in a million years that today she would do that."

The incident happened in the Embarcadero area, which draws tourists to the historic Ferry Building within view of Coit Tower and the landmark Transamerica pyramid. The fishing pier offers views of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, ships in the bay, as well as Treasure Islands.

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Lets see what the defense attorney's come up with for this one? Voices in her head... I can see an insanity plea at the minimum.

Not to minimize diagnosed mental illness as it is certainly serious and has its effects on society, but I wonder, how come the voices are always bad? These voices people claim to hear have never seem to say to do anything to help society. When people commit crime they are so quick to fall back on this illness or that problem. Nope we have a diagnosed of people that are guided by their illness and voices and are incapable of thinking on their own...and the media jumps right behind them which is the worst part of it.
 

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If she's found to be sane, then lock her in a small box and forget about her, if she's found to mentally incompetent, well she's obviously dangerous, so just shoot her.
 

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What could a child say to a mother to move her to drown them in the bay? That woman needs to feel what her children felt. put her in a shark cage, then in the bay, with just regular summer clothing on. That water in the bay area is real cold! She would suffer with hyperthermia before death.
 
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