According to this story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, this quote comes from the stepfather of the Texas woman who cut off her baby’s arms and is now facing a murder charge. Mick Macaulay describes Dena Schlosser as gentle and says she could have only committed this horrific act due to mental illness. OK, I’d like to think that’s true. Regardless, this quote turns my stomach considering Schlosser’s offense on 10-month-old Margaret.

“This is a woman who takes birds’ wings, if they’re broken, and splints them and nurses them back to health,” he said. “Just a very gentle person.”