1st March 2011 – Toni Hindman, A Depressed Mom Who Killed Husband, Daughter & Herself
This is indeed a sad story but it doesn’t have to be this way, I believe people should seek help in this situation.
If you are depressed and reading this story, please don’t sink too deep into your depression, speak out. Seek counsel and professional help.
If you are a Christian, speak to your pastor about it.
Here is the Story
A mother suffering from depression stabbed her husband and their 12-year-old daughter to death before killing herself.
The bodies of Toni and Tim Hindman and young Ardena were found in different rooms at their home in the rural village of Ithaca, Saunders County, Nebraska.
The Hindmans lost their younger daughter to cancer in 2005
Tragic couple Tim and Toni Hindman: She had fought depression after the death of their daughter Jessica from cancer in 2005
Just a day earlier she had bought a six-inch hunting knife and researched depression medication and suicide on the internet.
Loving: Ardena cuddles her little sister Jessica who died at three-years-old
Firefighters made the tragic discovery when they were called to a blaze at the family’s two-storey house which had been started by 45-year-old Mrs Hindman.
Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff said: ‘We know she bought the knife and made those computer searches. Those two pieces of information were crucial in helping us piece this [incident] together.
‘We do not know why she did it, and we will probably never know why she did it.’
Mr Hindman, a 47-year-old engineer, was found dead in his first-floor bedroom and Ardena’s body was in her room. Both were dressed in night clothes.
Mrs Hindman, who had a degree in psychology, started the February 20 blaze on the stairwell leading to the bedrooms before taking her own life.
Her body was discovered in the living room. The knife was found nearby.
She had struggled with depression after the death from cancer of their three-year-old daughter Jessica in 2005, family members told investigators.
Tingelhoff said: ‘ The family talked about her fight with depression but still, they were shocked by this outcome.’
He described the tragedy as an ‘horrific experience’ for people in Saunders County.
Tingelhoff added: ‘It’s an extremely tragic any time you deal with the loss of a child. It’s been tough on everybody.’