In Texas Welfare Office, Mother Denied Food Stamps Shoots Her Two Kids Before Killing Herself

The sad state of our economy appears to have taken at least one more life. On Monday, a Texas welfare office became the scene of an ugly suicide, where a mother shot her two children before successfully killing herself, officials told the Huffington Post. Her kids, aged 10 and 12, were in critical condition Tuesday. 

The 38-year-old woman, who had recently move to Zanesville, Ohio, first applied for -- and was denied -- food stamps in July.  Texas Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman told the Huffington Post the office denied the woman food stamps because she did not turn in enough information, but she did not know what that information entailed. 

According to the Huffington Post,

The woman's move from Ohio may have complicated the mother's application if the family had no Texas records the agency could check electronically, Goodman said. The woman would have also been denied benefits if she was receiving welfare assistance.

Goodman said the agency would try to answer why the woman, after having been denied food stamps in early August, waited until mid-November to call back and check on her case.

"The indications she had she was dealing with a lot of issues," Goodman said.

State welfare offices have come under scrutiny in the past for being overburdened, but Goodman said the agency has made significant strides in the past three years. She said wait times are shorter, and that the mother involved in Monday's standoff was scheduled for her initial interview just one day after applying. The woman didn't make the appointment, she said.

When the mother and her children entered the office on Monday at around 5pm, she asked to speak to a new caseworker. After being taken into a  private room to discuss her case, she revealed a gun. The police tried to keep her on the phone, but she kept hanging up. At 11:45 pm,  she shot her two boys before killing herself. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at December 6, 2011, 10:28am

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