A New York woman who drowned her three young children before trying to commit suicide herself seeks a portion of their $350,000 estate. She will appear in court in November.
Leatrice Brewer admitted she drowned the children in the bathtub of her Long Island, N.Y., apartment in 2008, according to the Huffington Post. She later placed the children's bodies on a bed and tried to kill herself by swallowing a concoction of household cleaning chemicals. When that suicide bid failed, she jumped out her second-story window but again survived.
Newsday reports that Brewer pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in 2009 and has been in a secure facility upstate since.
The father of two of the children settled a lawsuit against Nassau County in 2011 for $250,000. He claimed that social service caseworkers could have done more to save them. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of the third child was settled last year for $100,000.
"Leatrice Brewer will be in court because of the arguments and the potential that a decision will be made," Nassau Surrogate Edward W. McCarty III said in a pretrial hearing, according to Newsday.
Even if Brewer succeeds in her attempt to get a cut of the estate, she's not expected to see any money because of a $1.2 million lien against her for psychiatric counseling and other services she has received since her arrest, attorneys said.