With regard to Amanda Hamm, the latest mother to drown her children, the network news last night made a lot of the point that mothers who kill their children are more common than we think. But isn’t it really *moms who have boyfriends* who kill their children? In the case of the deaths of Hamm’s three children, aged 23 months to six, boyfriend Maurice Lagrone Jr. has also been charged. They are eligible for the death penalty if convicted. I hate to say it, but: Couldn’t the spate of killer moms have something to do with the dissolution of the two-parent family? Maggie Gallagher has a must read article on why the institution of marriage is necessary for kids in the current Weekly Standard. Maggie’s piece is pegged to gay ‘marriage,’ but I think it applies here, too.