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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Mother Poisons Down Syndrome Son to Death

     A Louisiana woman has been charged with first-degree murder after police say she injected alcohol-based hand sanitizer into the feeding tube of her 17-month-old son who was afflicted with Down Syndrome. Erika Wigstrom, 20 was being held without bond on March 12, 2014. Police say she told them she wanted to end Lucas Ruiz's suffering….Lucas died on January 21, 2014.

     Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Commander Eric Becnel said the child also had been poisoned with alcohol in October 2012 while hospitalized for treatment of a heart defect. The child's father, Cesar Ruiz, allegedly confessed in that instance, but Becnel said Wigstrom has now confessed to poisoning the child in both cases.

"Louisiana Mother Charged in Poisoning of Son With Down Syndrome," Associated Press, March 13, 2014 

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