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Texas police release details on mother who shot two adult daughters
Police confirm shocking details on a shooting that left two young women and their mother dead. A Fulshear, Texas police officer shot and killed 42-year-old Christy Sheets Friday after she shot her two daughters, 22-year-old Taylor and 17-year-old Madison.
Detectives Monday say Christy Sheats called a family meeting Friday that also included her husband Jason, 45. Jason says when the family gathered in the living room, Christy pulled out a gun and shot Taylor and Madison. The girls and their father ran out the front door where Madison collapsed and died.
Taylor ran into the street and Christy Sheats followed, shooting Taylor again, according to detectives. A witness says Christy went back inside the home to reload the gun.
Officers say when they arrived, they saw Sheats shoot Taylor a third time.
Sheats ignored their orders do drop her gun so the officer fired one shot, killing her.
Taylor Sheats was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she died.
Neighbors and Christy’s former employer say they are shocked by the news and add the mother gave no indications of violence.
“It shook me to the core. It was shocking, truly shocking,” said John Hollis, who employed Christy for several months last year at his tattoo removal business.
A family friend in Alabama did tell local news the Sheats’ were always having marital problems and that Jason was doing everything he could to fix their issues.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says deputies have responded to 14 calls for service at the Sheats home since January of 2012. Three of those calls were for attempted suicide but investigators aren’t saying who was involved.
“Due to legal constraints issued by the county attorney, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office cannot describe the other calls for service, or release the 911 calls at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in a written statement.
#SCOTUS: Supreme Court rules 5-3 to overturn Texas law placing restrictions on abortion clinics
The Supreme Court rules Monday to strike Texas’ controversial abortion clinic regulations in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.
The court ruled 5-3 against the laws passed in July 2013 which required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and clinics to comply with the same standards as an ambulatory surgical center.
Although advocated of the laws claim they are for mothers’ medical safety, justices say the regulations are two strict. Opponents say the laws were a thinly veiled attempt to ban abortion.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says “It is beyond rational belief that HB 2 could genuinely protect the health of women,” in the majority opinion.
Demi Lovato opens up on addiction struggles
“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” former Disney star and pop artist Demi Lovato says of her teen years. “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.” Lovato says in an interview with American Way Magazine a big part of her struggle with eating disorders and addiction was that eating disorders run in the family.
Her mother and grandmother were bulimic, Lovato says, and growing up that example had a profound influence on her perception of her own body.
“Even though I was 2 or 3 years old, being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder … it’s hard not to grow up like that.”
She says she started binge eating at 9, and cutting her arms at 12. After a childhood in beauty pageants and talent competitions, Lovato made it onto the national stage with the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock in 2007. She later went on to her own children’s series Sonny With a Chance and her music career took off as a pop and R&B star.
Now she says she is using her fame to advocate for mental health awareness. “The more you talk about mental illness, the less of a taboo it becomes,” Lovato says. “As a pop star, I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve got bipolar disorder — it’s nothing that anyone can be ashamed of.’”