Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell said her job is not to assign that blame, but rather find a just sentence that doesn’t diminish the deaths of 9-year-old Anthony Lopez and 2-year-old Erik Lopez last year.
She ordered 30-year-old Magdalena Lopez to serve 110 years in prison for the murder of her sons — 55 years for each boy.
Lopez had pleaded guilty to charges she fatally beat them with a 10-pound barbell July 19, 2005, at their home at 1029 Cambridge Lane, Dyer.
In her only public statement, Lopez told the judge she was insane when she killed them.
“I’ve been sick for three years now. I loved them with all my heart. I just wanted to protect them and somehow … I felt that if they were in heaven, they would be protected. In my sick mind, I really thought I was doing the right thing. I miss them every day. I feel numb. I don’t feel this is reality,” Lopez said.
Defense attorney Casey McCloskey said afterwards he will appeal that sentence as too harsh in light of Lopez’s years-long mental illness. She is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which brings on alternate episodes of depression and manic behavior.
Her brother, Frank Romero, said the sentence is unfair. “It all leads back to her not being in her right mind. This would not have happened if she had been in control of all her faculties.”
Romero said he blamed the boys’ father, Robert Lopez.
Magdalena Lopez twice filed for divorce before the slayings.
Hortencia McKenzie, one of Magdalena’s sisters, complained the paternal family “wouldn’t seek medical help for her. He didn’t believe she could be sick in her mind and that she should snap out of it.”
At one point in McKenzie’s testimony, Irene Lopez, the children’s paternal grandmother, stood up in the audience and screamed, “I have to go. I can’t take these lies.” She was escorted out by court security.
The judge lectured both families to stop blaming each other. “A lot of people failed Magdalena Lopez. (The Department of Children and Family Services) was involved and did only the minimum action, She was misdiagnosed. Her doctors didn’t get it right until very late.”
Nevertheless, Boswell said she wasn’t convinced that Magdalena Lopez was insane the day she killed the boys.
Deputy Prosecutor Robert Persin argued Magdalena Lopez was sane enough to chase down the wounded 9-year-old as he tried to flee from her. She also had time to consider her options before killing the younger boy and then call her husband to tell him what she had done, the prosecutor argued.
“This case was about rage, not about (the mother’s) depression. It was a painful merciless death … done to send a message to Robert. She needed him to suffer,” Persin said.

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Former Prozac Users Slam FDA — (ConsumerAffairs)

They say hundreds of people have become victims of murder and suicide

Bonnie Leitsch, founder of “Prozac Survivors Support Group,” and Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, founder of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, are calling for immediate federal action to warn the public that antidepressants not only can induce suicide in adult patients — but also acts of violence.

They point to 30-year-old Indiana mother Magdalena Lopez, who last week was charged with murdering her two young sons. Lopez, they maintain, had been taking an antidepressant.