Deaths of girls, mother show institutions' limits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The case of a New York woman who killed herself and two daughters soon after release from psychiatric care highlights limits of institutions, law enforcement and even relatives to intervene and prevent such crimes.

The 47-year-old nurse gassed herself and the girls, ages 6 and 9, in suburban Albany overnight Tuesday, in the room where her 23-year-old son committed suicide three months earlier.

She locked the door against the girls' uncles sleeping in another room. The men cared for the children during the woman's 22-day inpatient treatment in Pennsylvania. That detention followed a police alert when Angela Mtambu voiced her deadly plan to relatives in Texas, where they were living.

Patient advocates say better communication might have helped, but that's unclear.

Privacy laws mean many details may never be publicly known.

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