Paula Sims, 60, was sentenced to life in prison 30 years ago for killing her two babies three years apart.
Now she is seeking a new trial, citing a new law in Illinois which allows her legal team to present new evidence of postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.
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In 1990, Sims was found guilty of killing her two daughters, Heather and Loralei. Loralei was suffocated when she was just 13 days old. She was discovered in the woods behind Sims’ house. It was initially claimed that Loralei had been kidnapped.
Heather was choked to death at just six weeks old. Sims alleged that she had been knocked out by a masked man and later discovered that her baby was missing. Heather’s body had been disposed of in a garbage can at a local park.
Sims later confessed to killing both of her daughters. She has appealed her conviction, however, and is seeking a new trial.
Sims’ attorney Jed Stone told People that the “new science will show his client had PPP at the time she killed her two daughters.” Sims also has a son who she has never harmed.
“At the time of Sims’ trial, there was little to no research of the existence of PPD/PPP,” Stone said. “Before trial, Paula Sims suffered from PPP. She would hallucinate.”
The court hasn’t yet made a decision about granting Sims a new trial.
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