Christy Sheats, the Texas mother who murdered her two daughters on June 24, attempted suicide three times before her rampage. She was also taking ‘several’ medications to fight depression and anxiety before she decided to gun down her family.
Though what exactly caused Christy Sheats, 42, to shoot and kill her two daughters – Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17 – may never be known, her husband has shed some light on her mental state prior to her deadly attack. Before the Texas mom slaughtered her children, Christy had repeatedly tried to kill herself!
Though authorities had revealed that Christy had suffered from mental illness, her husband, Jason Sheats, 45, went into greater detail on the severity of her problems. Jason told investigators that Christy had “suffered from depression and anxiety” and had attempted suicide on three separate occasions, according to a press release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Christy had tried to get help, seeking treatment at three different mental health facilities in the past four years, but these efforts failed.
Christy was also heavily medicated, taking ‘several’ prescription drugs to cope with her issues. Sadly, they didn’t help, as police had been to the Sheats home “for previous altercations” involving her “mental crisis.”
Jason also said that he and Christy had previously discussed divorce, and that may have been what finally drove her over the edge. Christy reportedly called a family meeting as a way to lure her family to her home outside of Houston. During the confrontation, Christy reportedly pointed a gun at her family and told Jason she was “punishing” her husband.
What happened next is heartbreaking. Madison and Taylor both managed to make 911 calls and the recordings reveal them begging their mother not to fire. Jason tried to talk Christy down by promising her “whatever you want.” Ultimately, Christy pulled the trigger, shooting her two girls.
They all fled for their lives, but a wounded Madison died outside her mother’s home. Christy chased down Taylor and fatally shot her a second time. By then, the police had arrived to the scene. When Christy refused to obey their commands, they had no choice but to open fire.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the Sheats family and their friends during this difficult time.