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Welcome back everyone a jury now second aside -- -- Massachusetts mother will spend the next twenty years behind bars for her son's death.
-- debris is charged with attempted murder for intentionally withholding cancer medication from her nine year old autistic -- Commonwealth.
Was trying to these tragic set -- circumstances.
And turn it into -- criminal prosecution you with a little boy.
You -- her little boy.
And he had an opportunity.
For me -- call.
He had eighty -- -- and now they're saying she had -- -- war and sheet total cash crop again.
Fox legal analyst Peter Johnson junior.
Training as well as most heartbreaking case and I've seen in the long time Christen the pre charged.
With -- five months of chemotherapy drugs for her son who died at age nine and 2009.
-- leukemia which allegedly occurred as a result of her failure.
To give the drugs for the treatment of something called non hodgkin's lymphoma and the drugs are difficult.
Toxic drugs that cause a lot of side effects and the mother here -- the -- saying.
I didn't wanna see my son died from these chemotherapy drugs I didn't see any evidence that he was really sick from the cancer.
That he had.
And so I didn't given the drugs and it's alleged that she lied to the doctors that -- in fact.
Given the drugs -- saying in this case -- lawyers are saying that I didn't have been mental intent.
I didn't have the ability because of depression and anxiety.
And problems with the child of -- the requisite intent.
To perform criminal act and well.
-- and the other side of the story is that this is it difficult child yes to raise because he went he had been diagnosed with autism a developmental disabilities autism.
Severe allergies he wasn't toilet trained.
This was a very difficult situation in terms of this mother raising this -- so the prosecutors are saying look it's our belief that this mom.
Kind of wanted to him to go away that's the theory in the case that somehow she was so overwhelmed.
And that it wasn't the mother's love that was held -- medication.
It was a love for different life that she was yearning for that somehow she wanted to be free of this.
A child going forward this is a very very difficult case to prove.
The dot -- testify in the case said that she wasn't certain.
That if in fact the boy had been given those drugs it.
Wouldn't have progressed.
To leukemia and we heard the opening by the district attorney there saying that there was an 8590%.
Chance of cure.
I would take.
It you know I I I would rebut that and say that actually it's a chance of remission it's not a chance of of cure.
Give -- many people go on to live fruitful lives in -- in remains true I can only say from my own personal experience that I remember.
That taking the similar drugs when I was eighteen years old for hodgkin's disease and I remember my mother saying to me.
I'm sorry you have to take.
These drugs Peter -- can I can understand a mother's love and a mother's affection and concern about a child but we also understand.
The instinctive and cultural.
Nature that we have as mothers and fathers to do everything to keep that child alive so there's a dramatic tension.
In this case I would hate to be.
On this jury I'd love to know what that the folks at home -- thinking email us at FOX & Friends or -- me.
Let us know what do you think.
Of this case all right you're legal advice always well taken Seattle's your personal -- -- this thank you thank you.
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