AP: Mom Kills Self, Shoots Kids, Over Food Stamps

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A Texas woman who was denied food stamps fatally shot herself and severely wounded her two children in a state welfare office Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Laredo police bargained with the woman for seven hours before she committed suicide and the shootings.

The woman -- who has still not been named by authorities -- recently moved to the town from Zanesville, Ohio, according to the AP.

Her children, ages 10 and 12, were rushed to the hospital, where they remain in critical condition.

The woman first tried to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in July, but didn't get them because her application was incomplete, the AP notes.

A spokeswoman for Texas's Department of Health and Human Services said that the agency was waiting for the woman to turn in additional information. It's unclear whether she would have qualified for aid, the AP writes.

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Lyn
Lyn

This is so sad!!

APALLED
APALLED

Oh say can you see by the dawns early light that the destitute is still there. Or are you a member of the coold hearted right-winged bureaucratic ( one who follows a numbers and letters  routine in a mechanical, unimaginative way, insisting on proper forms, petty rules, etc, etc, etc, ect. There you are America, the right-wings death panel. What one doe's to, or doe's not do for the lest of our LORD'S brothern and sisters they also do unto HIM! Be dam good ashmed of your selves Texas, society, and our so called great nation. our calloused cold  uncaring hearts left her so neglected and hopeless, look what she could only see! May GOD dam those who so callously denied her and her children an out stretch loving hand. And a crust of bread. WHERE THE SAM HELL IS OUR HUMANITY.  Oh that right we spent it on a nother $1,000,000.00 smart bomb. This just did not happen to her today. It happens across OUR SO CALLED GREAT COUNTRY EVERY DAY , to the elderly, millions of homeless children, 82 of my friends who lost thier jobs in Mingo Junction, Ohio a few years back when the Russians bought up the steel mills and closed them down. First you lose your job, the paycheck, then the health insurance,then the utilities get turn off, next no were to live! So much for corporate-facsim! It trickles down so dam well. And dare we call our selves civil, and human people. I think  that I'll pray for her and those two dear children. And then go cry and vomit out of disgust.  Shame on you Texas. where the hell is you so called compassion for other children of GOD? One person, is all it would have taken, with a heart, and a out stretch kind hand.

Missannap
Missannap

The mother was ill. Father should have done more for these kids, knowing that their mother had major issues. Shame on the mother and father and even the grandmother!

Cloe
Cloe

Their feeding people & paying their rent and they don't even have socials or birth certificates! Not enough info my @#$.. poor lady & kids.. =/

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pretap
pretap

Just so you should know, you folks have NO idea just how often they stop people from getting benefits (even those who've worked for many years) for the simplest reasons, mothers becoming desperate to feed their children (here in American as well) is a GROWING PROBLEM, and it's sad that it took a tragedy like this to highlight a steadily growing issue. Pray for her children because they'll need it more than any of you could ever realize.

Kristenbryant1234
Kristenbryant1234

Smfh that's just so sad how could a person do something like that to her own kids

Danellevera
Danellevera

What drives me up a wall is the info they were waiting for was probably something back in her hometown that she wasn't able to or didn't know how to gain access to. So from July to that point she and her children were left to struggle. And in the same breath these women out here who have learned all the loop holes in the system are getting every benefit known.

Help those that truly need help not just ones who take advantage.

S_long0916
S_long0916

It's amazing that in this economy that parents can't even feed their children and don't qualify for any kind of assistance. Once again, DHS has failed in a big way! I don't know how they can sleep at night!

Antwanwil79
Antwanwil79

Sad that people r still being denied of assistance.

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