LAWRENCE, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman who withheld at-home chemotherapy medications from her autistic, cancer-stricken son was convicted of attempted murder Tuesday by jurors who dismissed her claim that she thought the side effects of the treatment could kill him.
LaBrie will be sentenced Friday morning. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on the attempted murder charge, 10 years on a charge of assault and battery on a disabled person, five years on assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury and 2½ years on reckless endangerment of a child. More
It is sad to see a child in such a situation, but call me old school I feel that it is her child and if she chooses to take his life its her motherly right (Given no objections by the father).
(Given no objections by the father).
LaBrie and the boy's father, Eric Fraser, had a contentious relationship. LaBrie said she received very little help from him, even after their son was diagnosed with cancer.
After doctors discovered LaBrie had withheld the medications, Jeremy went to live with his father for the last year of his life. Eric Fraser was killed in a motorcycle accident seven months after his son died.
Jeremy's oncologist, Dr. Alison Friedmann of Massachusetts General Hospital, had testified that she told LaBrie her son's cancer had a cure rate of 85 percent to 90 percent under a two-year, five-phase treatment plan that included some hospital stays, regular visits to the hospital clinic to receive chemotherapy treatments and at-home administration of several cancer medications.
f the state is willing to punish the mother for making the decision she did then the state shoud take responsibility for the lives of such children when parents are no longer in a state to do so.
(also it cleanses the crazies from the gene pool)
Yes legally the case was cut and dry,
but ethically I think the courts play way too much of a role in decisions of parenting. It is the job of the parent to work in the best interest of their child, its a primitive instinct that make mothers protect their children. But just like in nature if a mother feels that she cant provide for her child, and it would be better off dead she will not hesitate to kick it out of her nest. This is natural, as natural as the survival instinct and should be protected as such.
of course some people will take advantage of their children, such as fathers raping daughters and mothers such as the "a child called it" mother. Yet still this is their way of parenting and it should be protected.
contrary to what is currently the legal precedent.