A former New York City teacher who laced her two childrenâ€™s grape juice with windshield wiper fluid before drowning them has been jailed for eight years.
Lisette Bamenga was convicted in April of manslaughter in a nonjury trial. Her attorney says she suffered from postpartum depression. Investigators say Bamenga acted in a jealous rage after learning her boyfriend had fathered a child with another woman.
Judge Martin Marcus says it was the most difficult sentencing heâ€™s done during his 27 years on the bench. He gave her eight years each on two counts of manslaughter, but the sentences will be concurrent.
Bamenga drowned 4-month-old Violet and 4-year-old Trevor in the bathtub in July 2012. She also turned on the gas stove and slit her wrists.