Mother Who Admitted to Poisoning Baby With HAND SANITIZER Gets 40 Years in Prison

Mother Who Admitted to Poisoning Baby With HAND SANITIZER Gets 40 Years in Prison

I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank page for a few minutes now and I’m just speechless. I don’t even know what to say about this woman except there is a VERY special place in Hell for her as of now.

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From The Daily Mail:

A 22-year-old Lousiana mother who confessed to killing her ill 17-month-old son by injecting his feeding tube with Germ-X brand hand sanitizer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday.

Erika Wigstrom told police she did it to ‘end his suffering,’ after the boy was born with Down’s syndrome and a serious heart defect.

The judge handed down the harshest sentence possible: 40 years in prison without probation. By pleading guilty to manslaughter, Wigstrom escaped first-degree murder charges, according to the Washington Post.

The boy’s father, Cesar Ruiz, had confessed to a similar poisoning of the baby in October 2012 in which rum was injected into his feeding tube, causing him seizures and brain damage.

In her interview with police March 11, 2014, Wigstrom revealed it was actually she who was behind the first attempt at killing little Lucas Ruiz and she’d used perfume, not rum.

Police eventually decided that Cesar Ruiz had likely given a false confession to protect Wigstrom, and he was spent more than a year in jail before his family posted his bond.

Upon his release he was ordered to pay $850 in fines and fees, according to the New York Daily News.

One-year-old Lucas died back on January 24, 2014 from acute alcohol intoxication, reports the Times-Picayune.

That’s when police were called to a home in Belle Chasse where they found the child ‘breathless and pulseless.’

He was rushed to a hospital in New Orleans, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An autopsy was performed and found the boy’s blood alcohol level to be 0.280.

‘The legal limit in Louisiana is .08 so that would mean almost four and a half times the legal limit,’ Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Eric Becnel told WVUE.

She reportedly told them she’d injected Lucas feeding tube with the alcohol-heavy hand sanitizer, but that he didn’t die until a day later.

On top of the horrific suffering Lucas must have endured in the hours before his death, he’d already suffered seizures and brain damage after rum was dumped into his feeding tube as he lay in the hospital in October 2012 undergoing treatment for his heart defect.

Wigstrom told police that she’d caused that, too, only it was perfume, not rum.

Lucas’s father had confessed to the poisoning at the time and said he’d done it, not to kill him but to ease his suffering.

That story eventually fell apart and police say that Wigstrom took credit for that original attempt at killing her baby as well.

‘From what I gathered from the detectives, they basically said she had no remorse,’ said Cmdr. Becnel of the mom’s confession.

Every child, no matter what, deserves to be loved and cared for. I’m glad this woman got the maximum sentence in this case, because she is truly evil.

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