Buchholz - Sanchez
July 1, 2009 - July 26, 2009
A Grave Memorial
Otty Sanchez refused to take her medication for postpartum depression,
no one could imagine the horrible
thing she would do her son. Otty suffered from Schizophrenia and had
been in and out of the hospital, even as
recent as since the birth of her son, for counseling. Otty was 33 years
old when she was found in her home with
the body of her three week old son Scott after she had killed him with
a knife and swords. In the home at the time
were her sister and two young nieces. Otty supposedly tried to commit
suicide after kill her son and was sent to
the hospital and would tell police that the devil made her kill Scott
and eat parts of his body.
Scott W. Buchholz, who is Scott's father, had met Olly about six years
prior when they were both studying to be
Pharmacist Assistants, at that time, she appeared to be a stable
person. Olly had not told Scott that she was
Schitzophenric. After she killed their son, Scott said he wanted her to
face the death penalty:
"She killed my son. She
should burn in hell"
The details of Otty's medical past are not
clear. Gloria Sanches, Olly's Aunt, told police that Olly had been in
out of the psychiatric ward and in May of 2008, Olly's mother had
called police to report her missing and to say
she thought her daughter was into drugs and that she wasn't suffering
from any form of mental illness. Scott, who
is also Schizophrenic said that Otty had been suffering from
postpartum depression though she had been in
counseling to help with that, he said she seemed like a good mother:
"She held him, she
breast fed him. She did everything for him that was nice"
On July 20th, Otty had been taken to the hospital suffering from
depression, but was released less than one day
after that.. It was then that she revealed to Scott that she was
Schizophrenic and was going to move in with
parents. Scott was supposed to have a visit with his son, however, Otty
became angry with him when he asked
for a copy of the birth certificate and other paper work. Scott called
police when Otty drove off angrily without
properly restraining the baby in his car seat and says he might have
told police that she was depressed, though he couldn't remember. The
incident was investigated as a disturbance:
"If this guy had given
us an indication that she had postpartum depression, or mental
she was suffering from,
we may have addressed it differently"
Sheriff Chief Deputy -
A mental evaluation of Olly would reveal
that starting days before she killed Scott, she was feeling paranoid
that people were planning to
take him away from her. Voices began to talk to her
and they told her that he son was the devil and she was a harlot for committing adultery,
she said she had a demon in
her stomach and that the voices told her that if she killed and ate her son, the demon
would come out of her. The voices
also told her that her own mother had been the one who killed President John F. Kennedy
as well as Marilyn Monroe.
Olly was afraid that if she would looked at her sons eyes, she would see the devil.
After being arrested and
taken to the hospital, Olly heard voices
telling her that she was going to get a heart transplant and she would be hurt by it. Doctors
Sellers and Puryear agreed
that Otty was suffering from mental illness:
"It is my medical
opinion that Ms. Otty Sanches was incapable of telling the difference
reality and her delusions"
"It is my opinion,
based upon reasonable medical evidence that Ms Sanches had a severe
In July of 2010, County
Judge, Raymond Angelini found Otty Sanches not guilty by reason of
insanity. Otty waived her
right to a jury trial and a plea deal kept her out of
prison. Submitted to the court were mental evaluations which all confirmed that Olly was insane
at the time she killed her
son, Scott. Olly was to be sent to a State Hospital for only 30 days before she would be
returned to the Judge where he
would decide how long she would be kept in the hospital. Judge Angelini would then see
Olly at least once a year and
if he decides at any point that she is sane, she would be released.
In court, Olly showed
very little by way of emotion though her attorney
claimed she was drained by the events:
illness, Paranoid Schizophrenia
at the time of the alleged crime"
misses her son
tremendously but she can't explain why or how it happened"
Camera - Defense
Manuela Sanches, Olly's mother hugged
Scott Buchholz and when asked if she thought the court had done the
thing, she said:
think so. Yes. No
doubt about it. I'm
glad that my daughter gets a second chance at life. I'm sorry
grandson did not get
As of today's date,
June 13, 2012, I am unable to find if Olly has been released or not.
Today is June 15, 2014 and I while searching updates about Scott's
case, I was unable to find any new information.
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