In 2001, the nation was shocked by the drowning deaths of five children at their own mother’s hands.
Andrea Yates kept her young children submerged in a bathtub until they stopped moving and has lived in a Texas mental health facility since a jury deemed her not guilty by reason of insanity.
A new NBC News interview with her attorney provides insight into what Yates’ life is like, but offers only a brief update on her husband, Rusty Yates, who has since remarried and had a son with his new wife.
Rusty was not home at the time of the murders, and he returned from work to find the grisly scene. Andrea had a history of mental health issues and had previously attempted suicide. Rusty has since faced criticism for leaving the children alone with their mother.
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According to a website he established in his children’s memory, Rusty is a former NASA engineer who remarried after divorcing Andrea a few years after the killings.
Rusty now has an 8-year-old son with his second wife, who filed for divorce last year. The oldest of the Yates children with Andrea, Noah, would have turned 21 in February this year.
Rusty discussed the the tragedy in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, revealing he still calls his ex-wife once a month and visits her annually at the Kerrville, Texas, mental hospital where she resides.
Rusty told Winfrey he has forgiven his children’s murderer, noting he’s always “blamed her illness” for their deaths.
During the interview, Rusty said that whenever he thinks of his five children, he imagines them as teenagers.