How can women loose control and actually hurt their own children? Is it really not possible to realize you need mental health support? I have a friend who's niece and nephews have been kidnapped by their mother who lost custody in Italy after the courts found her mentally unfit. Instead of seeking the therapy that the judge requested of her, she kidnapped her four American children during her visitation period and escaped to St. Petersburg, Russia (she is dual US/Russian citizen). She then abandoned them into ultra-orthodox institutions/orphanages as she can not care for them. The Russians will not help the father get his children back.
The city has rallied around the family and created a blog:
Why wouldn't the mother go get help? I fear for these poor children.