Mass. Mom Found Guilty of Murder of Young Son for Witholding Chemo Poison
[Editor's Note: I was flabbergasted to read this story. The Pharmaceutical industry has so thoroughly brain washed the people of Massachusetts into believing that chemo is some sort of miracle answer to cancer treatment, that a Massachusetts jury has convicted a 38 year old mother of attempted MURDER for withholding chemo drugs which she said was devastating her boy's fragile and weakened body. Something is seriously wrong with this country when a prosecutor, a judge and jury would imprison a mother for trying to make the best decisions in caring for her own child. This is insanity on steroids.
Anyone who has studied cancer treatment statistics, knows that far more people die FROM chemo poisoning than are SAVED by chemo therapy. The prosecutor cannot predict in advance that chemo would have saved that boy. The statistics for chemo "success" are discouraging at best. I'm outraged at the injustice inflicted upon this woman after losing her son. I recall a case a couple of years ago where a mother and her son tried to escape the Pharma-Gestapo because she didn't want her son to be forced to take chemo therapy. They pursued that woman and her boy like she was John Dillinger, chasing them from state to state until the FBI finally "rescued" the boy and forced the mother to agree to chemo so she wouldn't go to jail. Holy Cow! Are there no civil liberty groups left in America who will come to this woman's aid? The judge, Judge Richard Welch, and the prosecutors in this case from the Essex District Attorney's Office, need to be hounded by civil liberty advocates day and night until they are driven from office. This is an unspeakable witch hunt in modern day America!. ...Ken Adachi]
April 12, 2011Witch Hunt:
Witch Hunt: Mass. Mom Found Guilty of Murder of Young Son for Witholding Chemo Poison (April 12, 2011)
Original title: Mother who withheld medicine guilty of attempted murder
BOSTON | Tue Apr 12, 2011
(Reuters) - The mother of an autistic boy with cancer was found guilty on Tuesday of attempted murder for withholding chemotherapy drugs that potentially could have saved his life.
A jury found Kristen LaBrie, 38, of Salem, Massachusetts guilty on all counts -- attempted murder, permitting serious bodily injury to a disabled person, permitting substantial injury to a child and reckless endangerment of a child, said Steve O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex District Attorney's Office.
Her son, Jeremy Fraser, died at age 9 in March 2009. He was autistic and in 2006 was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
During her trial, LaBrie admitted she failed to fill the prescriptions or administer chemotherapy drugs to her son during at least five months but said she did so out of fear the medication would make him sicker.
She said she told his doctors that the medication's side effects were taking a toll on him.
"I was really scared that he just had had it," she testified. "He was just not capable of getting through any more chemotherapy.... He was very, very fragile."
"I did not want to have to make him get any more sick," she told the court. "If he got any sicker than he was, I thought he would die, and I thought that he would die with me at home."
In February 2008, doctors realized she was not giving her son the medication and that the cancer had returned. In April of that year, Jeremy's father was given custody of the boy.
Prosecutors said LaBrie did not try hard enough to see her son or regain custody before he died.
But the defense portrayed LaBrie as a single mother raising an autistic child with cancer with limited financial resources and without much support.
Judge Richard Welch will sentence LaBrie on Friday in Lawrence Superior Court. She faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison for attempted murder, the stiffest charge.
The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison for permitting serious bodily injury to a disabled person, and the other two charges carry a maximum prison term of five years each.
(Reporting by Lauren Keiper and Marcia Harrison, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)
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