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Another closed hearing for East Texas mother acquitted of murdering her children

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Deanna Laney (2004) Deanna Laney (2004)

Another hearing was held Monday for the woman who killed two of her children and seriously injured a third. Deanna Laney's hearing today at the Smith County Courthouse was closed to our cameras and the public.

Laney, of New Chapel Hill, was acquitted of capital murder by reason of insanity in 2004. In court, Laney testified that it was God who told her to kill her children. From 2004 to 2011, Laney was at the Vernon State Hospital. She was ordered to inpatient treatment at Kerrville State Hospital in 2011.

Each year since the crime, Laney has been up for evaluation. For nearly eight years, it was the state's burden of proof to keep Deanna Laney confined to a state mental institution.

In 2012, at another closed hearing, four psychiatrists testified there was no reason to keep Laney hospitalized. The four doctors who recommended her release say she is not a threat to herself or society. The state said at the time they will always disagree. Laney was subsequently released. KLTV obtained the court documents from that private hearing. Click here to read those documents.

Released from her court-mandated hospitalization, Laney must follow a set of rules:

  • Laney must allow designated case workers to visit in her home at all times determined by the case workers.
  • Laney must take all medications as they are prescribed.
  • She can have no unsupervised contact with minors.
  • Laney's also been ordered to submit periodic blood tests to monitor her medication levels.
  • Lastly, Laney's ordered to not change her address without permission of the court.

If Laney violates any of those rules, the court could reassess her outpatient treatment.

Only a few people know where Laney lives now, including her attorney. In 2008, Laney's ex-husband, Keith Laney, remarried.

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