Doctors describe mental health for Houston mother accused of burying baby alive

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 6:59 PM

HOUSTON, Texas -- Narjes Modarresi sat in court with a blank stare as doctors described her history of mental problems, including bi-polar disorder and an extreme case of postpartum depression.

Her attorneys argue that mental problems caused her to bury her baby alive and then lie to police that the child had been kidnapped.

“She did it, she buried the child,” said defense attorney George Parnham.

The 2-month-old child died when he suffocated, water and mud filled his lungs.

Prosecutors are charging Modarresi with capital murder. If convicted, she faces life in prison without parole. The defense is trying to get the court to accept a lesser charge, which would allow the jury to decide on a lesser sentence.

“Jurors should take into consideration all the evidence that might be mitigating,” said Parnham.

Prosecutors said Modarresi’s mental problems are no excuse, arguing that she calculated her child’s murder and actively tried to cover it up. They believe she deserves a life sentence.

Modarresi’s lawyer is the same attorney who represented Andrea Yates, the woman who was found not guilty by insanity after she drowned her five children.

The trial will continue Wednesday, the defense plans to call members of Modarresi’s family.

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