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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to mother accused of drowning daughter about five years ago?

Q: What happened to the mother who was accused of drowning her daughter about five years ago? The mother called 911 after.

Kimmy, Citrus Heights

A: You may be thinking of the case of Anul Malik Ram, who was accused of drowning her 3-year-old daughter in the bathtub of her apartment and attempting to kill her 7-year-old son in November 2009.

Ram pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Divya Ram, and not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of her son. She was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, Ram was committed to Napa Valley State Hospital for the attempted murder count following her sentencing in June 2011. In the event that psychiatrists at the mental facility ever find that Ram recovers, she is to be transferred to the prison system to serve the 15-year-to-life term for her daughter’s death.

According to police testimony at Ram’s preliminary hearing, she had been taking assorted medications for schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and seizures. The night of the killing, she also drank a 24-ounce bottle of beer when she got home from her job as a licensed vocational nurse.

Ram picked up her children from her estranged husband at 1:30 in the morning on the day of the death. She then took the youngsters to her apartment on Greenhaven Drive in the Pocket area, but she heard voices that told her “the children weren’t meant for her,” according to Sacramento police.

Police received a call from the children’s father, asking for a welfare check on the youngsters. The father called back a short time later, saying her believed his wife might have killed their daughter.

Officers arrived and found the girl unresponsive. She was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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