Category: Dena Schlosser

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. 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

Parents of mother who killed baby criticize pastor’s influence

Long before Dena Schlosser took a blade to her baby’s arms and years before she ever showed signs of mental illness, her parents had begun to worry. They never suspected violence, but in the years after she moved to Texas with her husband and children, their gentle, somewhat dependent daughter had become increasingly isolated from them. And, according to her stepfather, she was dangerously consumed by a self-described prophet and his suburban Dallas church. Dena’s stepfather Mick Macaulay told The Associated Press that although he blames mental illness for Schlosser’s actions, he and his wife believe the teachings of Doyle

CPS to decide custody of slain infant’s sisters

McKINNEY – Child Protective Services will have 45 days to determine whether the two sisters of an infant who was killed last month when her arms were severed should remain in foster care, state District Judge Cynthia McCrann Wheless ruled Friday. The girls’ father, John Schlosser, has agreed to parental counseling, psychological evaluations, and drug and alcohol tests. Their mother, Dena Schlosser, remains in jail on a capital murder charge in the death of 10-month-old Margaret Schlosser. John Schlosser declined to comment on Friday’s hearing, but his attorney, Howard Shapiro, said Schlosser understands what he must do to get his

Schlosser indicted on capital murder charge

The two young sisters of an infant who died after her mother cut her arms off will remain in state custody for 45 days as the state continues investigating where the girls should live permanently, a judge ruled Friday. State Child Protective Services and the father of the girls, ages 6 and 9, reached an agreement to leave the children in custody. John Schlosser, who could have fought the state’s request, appeared at Friday’s hearing but did not speak. The state filed to terminate custody rights of Schlosser and his wife, Dena Schlosser, 35, who has been charged with capital

Pastor: CPS must not rush

He says action would punish man whose wife is held in infant’s death The pastor of a Plano homemaker charged with cutting off her baby’s arms criticized authorities Wednesday for rushing to judge the woman and her husband. Doyle Davidson, pastor of Water of Life Church in Plano, said efforts to end the parental rights of Dena and John Schlosser are premature. They have two older girls. “This man has had his house devastated,” Mr. Davidson said. “It’s not a time to start pounding on him with accusations.” Mr. Davidson referred to court papers filed Tuesday in which Child Protective

Man worried how God will judge wife who killed baby

The minister of a woman who admitted killing her baby daughter by severing the child’s arms said Wednesday that her husband seemed emotionally stable but was searching for answers and concerned about how God will judge his wife. “He’s concerned, overall, about why this happened and what would happen to her and how does God view her right now,” said Doyle Davidson, who leads a nondenominational church in suburban Plano that Dena and John Schlosser have attended with their children. Dena Schlosser, 35, was charged with capital murder Monday after she calmly told a 911 operator she cut off the

Texas mother charged with murdering her infant daughter

PLANO, Texas – (KRT) – A 10-month-old girl died Monday after her mother cut her arms off, police said. The 35-year-old woman, who has suffered from postpartum depression, was charged with capital murder. Dena Audre Schlosser sat calmly in the living room when officers arrived after receiving a 911 call just before noon. Her clothes were covered in blood and the baby lay in her crib in a back bedroom. The child, whose name was not released, was alive when police arrived and later died at nearby Medical Center of Plano. Schlosser told police she was responsible for the baby’s