SANTA ANA (AP) — A jury will soon decide the fate of a California mother who wants to be freed from medical supervision after claiming postpartum psychosis made her kill her infant son more than 20 years ago.

Closing arguments began Wednesday in a trial for Sheryl Lynn Massip, who is asking a jury to change her mental status.

If jurors find the 46-year-old former hairdresser has regained her sanity, she will no longer have to seek mental care and will be able to move and travel without the court’s permission.

Massip was convicted of murder in 1988 for running over her 6-week-old son, but a judge set aside the verdict and declared her not guilty by reason of insanity.

Since then, she’s been under court-ordered medical care but never served time in prison or a state mental hospital.

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Comments (6)
  1. bud says:

    just more human trash manipulating the system! she should have fried!

    1. Katie says:

      You don’t know her personally so just shut up. She had postpartum psychosis. She had no idea what she was doing but now regrets it every day, and finds comfort in her faith in God and raising her 14-year-old daughter, who also happens to be my best friend, so I know them personally. Sherri is an excellent mother, and had she been “fried”, it would have been a case of a murder of an innocent woman and ANOTHER child, because my friend (whose name I won’t post here for sake of privacy) never would have been born.

  2. Todd says:

    She should be run over by a slow-moving vehicle! I’ll drive!

  3. jerry says:

    in this case, justice is really blind..

  4. notlovinLA says:

    I’m so glad bud, jerry, and Todd are well-informed of the facts of this case. Otherwise, their comments would be a pretty harsh judgment. I don’t know anything about this particular case, but I do know something about post-partum psychosis. I can say that if one understood what post-partum psychosis actually means, then they wouldn’t be saying things like “Fry her!” or “Run her over!” Psychosis is impaired contact with reality, including having hallucinations and delusions. You would never say to someone with schizophrenia to “Fry!” If they had commited a serious crime. You would want them to get the much-needed mental care they deserved. And this is true for this woman as well. Killing an innocent person is never okay, but let’s consider the facts here before we go making ourselves look like complete heartless jackals with comments like “Fry her!” and “Run her over!” The three commenters above me should keep their mouths shut and stop being so ignorant.

    1. Katie says:

      THANK YOU! I know Sherri personally (she is the mother of my best friend), and she is a wonderful woman who loves God and is very reigious, and regrets every day what she did but wants to go on with her life.

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