An Ohio woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bathtub drowning deaths of her two children has been granted conditional release from a mental treatment facility.
A judge in Cincinnati on Wednesday granted 35-year-old Bridget Stovall the conditional release to a group home and ordered monitoring for continued use of her medication as a condition of that release.
Stovall believed she was exorcising the devil from her 20-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter and didn’t realize her actions were wrong when she drowned them in 2001.
She initially faced two counts of aggravated murder in a potential death penalty case. A three-judge panel found her not guilty by reason of insanity in July 2002.
Medical experts said Stovall suffered from paranoid delusions and hallucinations.