A friend from the area emailed me today to tell me that I had wrongly reported the details about the woman in Irving who killed her two young autistic children. Her husband is alive; she is not a widow.
I didn’t bookmark the other sources of information I’d found, so now (of course) I can’t find them, to see where they got theirs. My friend thought I’d confused two different tragedies–another killing of a child by a mother occurred not that far away, with different circumstances. Whether I conflated stories about two different killings, or the sources I read had already done that, it’s still a mistake, and I failed to check deeply enough.
So death of a spouse was not part of the problem.
I apologize for sloppy fact-checking.