She’s on the run with two kids!

Last Friday, it is believed that an unnamed man went to bed, and his wife Edna May Sanders headed for the kitchen. Police believe that once there, Sanders poured about 2 quarts of oil in a pot, brought it to a simmer, then carried it to the bedroom where she allegedly proceeded to pour it on her sleeping husband.

The husband suffered 3 rd degree burns on his head, face, chest and arms. The husband was wearing blue jeans, and police believe that protected his lower body. There are more graphic details about his injuries in the articles……let’s just say it was really bad.

The couple had reportedly only been married a short time. There were two children in the home, and after dropping the burning oil, Sanders allegedly fled the home with the two children.

The husband was airlifted to a burn center, his condition is being listed as day-to-day.

Sanders is still on the run with the two children. When captured, she will be facing felony charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence. Police are not sure what led up to the assault.,2933,206720,00.html

First of course is fear for the children. Sanders allegedly filled a pot with oil, waited for it to come to a simmer- (while she was waiting for it to heat, was she anticipating hearing her husband’s screams?). Will the children be safe with a person capable of doing this?

I also wonder what she will tell her children about the screaming they likely heard. It has been said that the husband was their father. As she makes her excuses to them, will she describe the excruciating pain he suffered when he was burned? Will she tell them of the possibility that he may die? Will she tell them that if he lives, he will have months, possibly years of surgeries and daily pain? Will she tell them that if he lives, he will be severely scarred, and will never look like the father they remember? That the injuries and scarring may be bad enough that he could lose limbs, that the scarring will likely mean he will never be able to move as he used to? Will she tell them she was the cause of their father’s torture and pain? Or will she deem the details too horrible for a child to hear, though not too horrible for a husband to experience.

I don’t know the ages of these children. But I do know that living on the run is hard on kids. The secrecy, the moves, the general instability of the life.

Hopefully, she will be captured soon, and hopefully those kids will be safe.


Police have released the name of the victim, he is Sherman Sanders. Sadly he died from his injures on Fri.

Edna Sanders is still at large, and is believed to be driving a 2001 Pontiac Gran Prix with a retired U.S. Navy license plate. Police have issued a national alert and are asking anyone who may come in contact with or sees her to contact the police department. She is believed to have family in Texas and Louisiana. The charges against her have been upgraded to murder.


 Neighbors report they had seen no signs of marital discord between the couple, but that the family kept to themselves. Police say they have no previous reports of domestic violence.

Sherman Sanders was burned so badly, he was unable to dial the phone to summon help. He made it to a car, where he used the car horn to alert neighbors that he needed help.


The FBI is now involved in the search for 45 year old Edna Sanders. It is reported that her maiden name is Miller, and she has 5 children. A brother and sister have spoken to media and say this was not like her. No motive has been determined as yet. Family denys that she has made contact with them. Sanders and the husband that family says she adored had married two years ago.


According to this article, Sanders has two children. No motive as yet, but a family member has said that Sherman Sanders was filing for divorce. The neighbor who found Sherman talks about the events.


The car Edna Sanders was believed to be driving was found at her ex-husband’s address. The two children were also found there.

Sanders’ older brother has told police that Sanders knocked on his door last night. After talking with her for a while, he talked her into turning herself in to police. Sanders has now turned herself in and police are expected to question her later today.

Relatives in Lousiana drove her back to Missippi, where she turned herself in to authorities. Sanders made no statements and requested an attorney.


The children are in their father’s custody


Allegations that Sanders may have been sexually abusive toward Edna May Sanders 13 year old daughter were made in court. The investigator on the case says that they had not found a criminal history on Sanders, but the defense attorney said that may be because the name Sherman Valentino Sanders is what he is currently known by, but that he may have gone by Sherman Valentino in the past.



  1. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 9, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    It was approx 1:45 AM when it happened. Her two children, not his, were already in the car. They had been married approx 9 months because Sherman said they had been married for 6 months when they moved here to Diamondhead. It happened in Diamondhead not Bay St. Louis. He was in bed wearing boxers not blue jeans. His wife took his cell phone (they did not use a land line)car keys, wallet. Unable to get into his car to blow the horn he pried the window down with his burnt hands and then began blowing the horn. Children; girl 13, boy 7, at least those are the ages Edna May gave me the day she moved in. As far as neighbors talking to them there were only two neighbors that ever talked to them and they leave on each side of the Sanders. It is a 2001 white Grand Prix she left Diamondhead in. An accurate account on this incident can be found at fox news 10 out of Mobile Alabama. It is funny how Mobile, which is 90 minutes away can have it right and our local media is miles behind the curve and does not bother to verify statements given to them. Our local media was given a heads up the following morning and then they wait until August 8th to ask a witness to the scene if he will call them back to talk. Hardball, fair and balanced, the number one name in news? We can probably count good reporters on one hand today. The rest…………may as well be on the Sun tabloids payroll.

  2. August 9, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Nad Elbbirt, thank you for the corrections and new details. I understand that right after a crime is found that info recieved by the media may not be absolutely correct, but you are right- there is no excuse for not correcting the info once it becomes known. And could affect the capture.
    For instance one report says 5 kids. Someone who thinks they may have met her, may rule her out- because she only had two kids. I noted also that though they mentioned her license plate, and that it was a retired Navy license plate, they did not give the number.

  3. Sandy Sue said,

    August 10, 2006 at 1:59 am

    this is what it is. edna mae does have 5 kids, but only the 2 youngest, girl 13, and boy, 6 live with her. her other 3 kids are all grown. I dont know where she is but the children are not with her. they are with their real father. from what i hear from family members, Edna mae caught Sherman attempting to rape her daughter.

  4. August 10, 2006 at 2:28 am

    So she has been sighted, at least when she dropped the kids off at their father’s?

  5. nadelbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    One side of the family says Sherman would never hit or hurt anyone and the other side of the family says Sherman must have done something to cause Edna May to do this to him. I know all of my close neighbors and neighbors who live with-in blocks of me, but I do not know what they are like behind their closed doors. All of my neighbors with the exception on one family are easy to talk. They all make you feel like that you are having a normal conversation with them. Not the exception family. The exception family in our neighborhood will talk but, will give you the impression they have somewhere to go which is usually just back into their house. The neighbors who have children let their children play with other children outdoors. The exception family says the children will be out in a little bit but never come out. 6 months of dealing with the exception family was strange to say the least.

  6. August 11, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    I agree Nad. No one really knows what goes on in a household, except the family. Neighbors sometimes see or hear them in unguarded moments, but you never really know what happens when they go in the house and close the door. A lot won’t be known until trial, but a lot will come out then.

  7. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    The news video of her being led out of the sheriff’s station showing her face looking like you people have no clue as to what was going on in my house has me wondering what was going on in that house.

  8. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    The look looked pretty close to the way she normally looked when the family would return home.

  9. August 11, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    The nature of the crime, it appears to me to show extreme rage. And certainly the allegation that has been made would cause extreme rage.
    But I have also seen where the partner would throw gasoline on the other partner and light it- simply because they were leaving the relationship. And it has been alleged that Sherman had filed for divorce.
    So until police discuss their findings, it is really hard to tell. And they aren’t going to discuss the findings except in court.
    All in all though, I still have to wonder why if Sanders had assaulted or attempted to assault her daughter, why she didn’t call the police and take the kids and leave? If the allegation is true, her daughter is going to need emotional support and Mom can’t do that very well from jail.

  10. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    I believe he was hitting the young boy. I don’t know about the girl, but I believe he was hitting the boy and the mother could no longer take him hitting the boy. His being built like a Sherman tank and her being built like a, well, small woman, she wanted to make him pay dearly, but not to the point of it becoming a murder. Being afraid to confront his hitting her child she wanted Sherman to pay for what her son had been put through. If he hit the boy once for no reason in his driveway, what would make one think he would not hit the boy in the house? My money is on violence to the boy and or to both the mentally retarded boy and his sister.

  11. August 11, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    Good points. And if the children were being hit, that would lead me to wonder about domestic violence. However, according to all reports, he was in bed asleep when she poured the oil on him. So it doesn’t sound like a confrontational or argument type thing. It sounds as though the trial is going to be very interesting.

  12. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Confrontational avoidance during the marriage over hitting her, not his biological son. Not confrontational the night she poured cooking oil on him.

  13. Nad Elbbirt said,

    August 11, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    There are people who believe when they are injured once or injured repeatedly by another person they will get even and in their mind they know time is on their side. They bide their time and when the moment finally presents itself it can be nasty for the person i.e. bully who caused the initial injury/injuries.

  14. Lenora Bilbo said,

    October 5, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    I worked with Sherman for many years. In fact I had just been back home to visit for the real first time since Katrina. I went to work to visit everyone and spoke to Sherman. We were very close co-workers in the fact that our desks were next to each other. I asked him how he was doing, he had had a rough time during Katrina with loosing his Grandmother and all. My family, I considered lucky. We lost things but no lives. He said he was doing good but that he didn’t know how much longer he could handle the marriage. That things were getting worse and worse and that he was going to tell her he wanted a divorce. That was just 1 week before the incident and was also the last words I spoke to my co-worker and friend. It seems odd that he tells her he wants a divorce then all of a sudden (within a week) she finds him trying to rape her daughter and murders him. I cannot imagine Sherman doing anything like that to anyone. He was a kind careing man. He would always bring his co-workers a little something special for holidays and if he knew it in time their birthdays also. I know everyone at work misses him, the few of us who relocated together miss him.

  15. Bestfriend of Sherman said,

    October 19, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Sherman had discussed his unhappiness about his marriage indetail with me and informed me his final decision, divorce. I talked to him about 4:40 the Thursday, July 27, he was eating Popeye chicken with the family at home. He told me Edna Mae was told numerous times earlier months he was filing for a divorce, his unhappiness in the marriage, tired of coming home to a dirty house (Edna didnot work, slept in late, drank E & J straight and smoke numerous packs of cigarette daily). Sometimes when Sherman came home from work, he found the young child (age 6) still walking around in a soiled diaper. Yes, that was one of the issues, she refuse to potty train the kid, so Sherman was ashamed to visit other families or public resturants with his new family because of this. He did bring them to my house for a Bar b Que and while they were there, the 13 year took care of her brother, changed the diaper, tend to his needs while the Edna Mae dranked her E & J, and stayed in the Adult world. Friday, July 28 was the day he had an appointment to pay the fee for the lawyer handling his divorce. I do not know what went on behind close doors, but I do know Pops was my best friend of 27 continious years and lived with my family many times. He came to our house and we celebrated his birthday, July 19 with us (his true family). He had a big heart and purchased a car for Edna Mae which he decided was going to remain making payments so she would have transportation for her and her kids after the divorce. Furhter, he had made arrangements for them to remain in the house at Diamond another 60 days, post divorce. If he assaulted her daughter as accused, why did Edna Mae not protect, defend the girl immediately, there were knives, even a gun in the house. Deliberately hurt mine and i will take immediate action, or call 911 to have them pull me off of you. Pops is gone, but his friendship will always be positive in my and my family life. Justice will be serve in this case and if this mother (Edna Mae) stoop so low to spread her daughter life on the News, it is her choice.

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