Illinois Woman Convicted Of Killing 2 Newborn Daughters In 3 Years Seeks New Trial

Trigger: Mention of child's death.

Some women just shouldn't be mothers. This is sometimes because the mother in question doesn't have the means to properly care for a child. But the truth is, some mothers are just evil. They'll even go so far as to make excuses for their evil acts in a feeble attempt to justify them.

An Illinois woman previously convicted of murdering two newborn girls in two years is now seeking a new trial. The woman's name is 60-year-old Paula Sims, and she's currently serving a life sentence since her conviction back in 1990. But recently, she's hoping to be granted a new trial for her crimes.

It was back in 1986 when Paula claimed her first daughter- 13-day-old Loralei Sims- had been kidnapped from her home by an unknown armed man. Her body would later be found in a wooded area located behind her and her husband's home. The cause of death was found to be suffocation. Police believed her story, as they had no reason not to at the time.

Just three years later on April 29th, 1989, Paula's second daughter- six-week-old Heather Sims- was also kidnapped. The mother claimed that a masked man had knocked her out cold as she was taking out the garbage. When she eventually came to, Paula discovered that baby Heather was missing. Her body would later be found inside of a garbage can at a park. Police revealed at the time that her body had been kept in Paula's freezer for days before being disposed of, and her cause of death was asphyxiation.

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Once her crimes came to light, Paula was arrested and charged for murdering her two infant daughters. She was eventually convicted, and continues to serve out her sentence at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois. While she maintained her innocence initially, she has since confessed to murdering Loralei and Heather.

But now, Paula has filed an appeal to seek a new trial. According to the petition filed on her behalf by attorney Jed Stone, a new law now allows evidence to be presented of a defendant's postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis during a trial and/or sentencing hearing. Stone's argument here is that Paula suffered from postpartum psychosis when she murdered both of her daughters and also heard voices. She even had a son who she didn't kill (although both he and her husband died in a car accident back in 2015).

"The medical science understanding of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis since her trial and sentencing has changed significantly. At the time of Sims’ trial, there was little to no research on the existence of PPD/PPP. Before trial Paula Sims suffered from PPP. She would hallucinate,"  read Stone's petition.

Right now, it's unclear whether or not an appeals court will consider this petition. All we can do is wait and see if that will happen in the first place. Should Paula be granted a new trial, it'll be interesting to see how it goes for the murderer.

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