August 18, 2010 - 1:18pm
I'm sure most of us know this story by now. This past Monday, Shaquan Duley killed her two sons - 1-year-old Ja'van Duley and 2-year-old Devean Duley. Fortunately, her five-year old was not in the car. She is a unemployed single mother with a mother who, allegedly, was quite critical of her and her parenting skills.
Sound....familiar? Not the murder part, but the stress-and-motherhood part.
According to reports, Duley 'just wanted to be free' and was tired of her mom telling her what to do.
She first claimed she lost control of her car as it drove into a river, and managed to escape, but left her children in the car. She was fully clothed and dry, and it has now been established that she manually strangled her children to death before setting up the 'accident' scene.
During her recent appearance in court, she cried and looked upset. She will plead not guilty. You can read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/08/18/south.carolina.children.deaths/index.html?hpt=T1
What do you think of this case? Do you think it speaks of a monstrous woman who looked at her children as inconveniences that cramped her freedom, a la Susan Smith?
Or do you see it as representing the growing problem of men impregnating woman and taking no responsibility, as well as the high stress of the current economic situation?