Truth be told: Mentally ill mom kills baby because no one listened to her cries for help (VIDEO)

NinaKoistinenA 36-year-old mother of nine, Nina Koistinen, is accused of suffocating her baby girl, Maya Hope Koistinen, who was only 6 days old. Nina admitted to pinching the baby's nose, then she twisted and suffocated and smothered baby Maya because she had too many children. Koistinen told investigators that she was jealous of her husband spending too much time with the baby.

"Nina suffers from bipolar, schizophrenia and depression and we have tried for years and years to manage it," said Nina's husband of 15 years and the baby's father, Brad Koistinen.


The dad found the baby but still refuses to believe that his wife killed the baby on purpose. He is shocked and says that she has never hurt any of their children.

Yet, according to records, Child Protection Services has investigated the family in the past. Months ago, Nina told them she wanted to smother some of her kids and made the statement that she wanted to crash and send her children to heaven. Still, her husband believes her is a fabrication and only happened because she's in such a fragile mental state.

"She's been mixed up before where she thinks I'm God ... when she's not on her medication. Things aren't right and she needs serious mental help," said Brad. 

What the hell? Apparently, this woman doesn't need to have any more children. She's obviously hit her limit. She has 9 babies and killed one. She made no secret of it. She had previously said she wanted to send her children to heaven. Why did no one take her seriously? Is this something sane people think mentally ill people say in jest?

Her husband says she has bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression and sometimes thinks he's God, yet he continues to procreate with her rather than get her on medication to stabilize her condition. I think he's an asshole.

I don't know a whole lot about schizophrenia and depression but I do have personal knowledge of the bipolar diagnosis. It is a chemical imbalance and when your hormones get out of whack, sometimes with pregnancy, or just the sheer magnitude of the event can trigger a manic episode, possibly even a psychotic one if not already medicated. Has anyone even thought to check if she is suffering from PPD?

There is no excuse for what this mom did, but it might be helpful to understand what motivated her do commit such a heinous act. As far as I am concerned, CPS and her husband Brad are just as responsible for Maya's death as Nina. They may not have physically smothered the baby but they left her in the hands of someone who openly confessed to wanting to kill her children. They ignored the signs.

These kinds of events just serve to stigmatize mental health issues even more. All people who suffer from bipolar and depression and schizophrenia do not kill their babies. If Mr.Koistinen thought she was in such poor mental health, why did he keep knocking her up and putting more pressure on her already stressed mind?

This baby died senselessly. This woman needs to be institutionalized not imprisoned and I think her husband should share the culpability since he was completely aware of the entire situation and did nothing to change it.

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Who do you think is responsible for the death of six-day-old baby Maya?

Topics: babies  murder


Who do you think is responsible for the death of six-day-old baby Maya?

on Apr 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

yes she is , and so is her husband . why ? simply because only a fucked up person would keep knocking up a crazy woman and even worst knowing that his kids' well beign is in danger . 

she doesnt deserve any pity .

and im sorry but i dont believe in religion but i do believe in GOD .

those religions that only messed up people are only a bad representation of God 

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on May 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I think dad shares in the responsibilities for the baby's death. If he knew she suffered from all those mental issues, what possessed him to keep on making babies with her?

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on May 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Sad and horrible. If she felt she had too many kids they should've prevented it in the first place.
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on May 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM


Poor baby.

I thing anyone who knew about her problems and did nothing is responsible.

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on May 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Wow this is horrible, how could she sit there and watch her baby suffocate!! EVAL!! This is just not right, why didnt some one fine more help for her!?! 

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on May 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

oh how sad, she must have been insane at the time, severe meantal illness causes horrible distortions of everything

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on May 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Andrea Yates came to mind while reading this . I do believe the husband should share the blame equally. He should have made sure she was getting the proper medical attention she needed. This is sad from all sides
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on Jun 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM
I pray for this family. It is not easy to lose a child, but to have done it...I can't even imagine. If child services and her husband didn't do anything when she made those threatening statements before they should hold some responsibility as well. Preventive measures needed to be taken for the welfare of the children. Now unfortunately one had her life cut short by her own mother. So sad.
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