Bail set for accused Plano mother

Bail has been set for a Plano woman who authorities believe killed her 10-month-old daughter last month.

Dena Schlosser‘s bail was set at $1.25 million on Friday afternoon on a capital murder charge.

“I expected it to be a high bail. It’s a serious matter,” said her attorney, David Haynes.

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Mrs. Schlosser, 35, was covered in her daughter’s blood, listening to religious music and holding a knife when police and paramedics arrived at her apartment Nov. 22. The baby was found with both arms severed and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

In similar cases, bail amounts have varied.

Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in Houston and is serving a life sentence, was held without bail. Deanna Laney’s bail was set at $3 million after she killed two of her three children near Tyler. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.

Bail was set at $1 million for Lisa Diaz of Plano, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her two daughters, ages 5 and 3. Unlike the others, Ms. Diaz’s case was not linked to postpartum depression.

Mrs. Schlosser was treated for postpartum depression in January after the birth of Margaret Elizabeth.

Mr. Haynes wants a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether she was suffering from psychosis at the time her daughter was hurt.

He said Mrs. Schlosser is improving in jail because of anti-psychotic medication.

“She is more communicative than she has been,” he said. “I still detect some mental … instability.”

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Dec. 6, 2004
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