Woman Who Withheld Cancer Medication From Autistic Son, Killing Him, Won't Face Retrial
A Massachusetts mother who withheld her autistic son's cancer medication prior to his death will not face a retrial after pleading guilty to attempted murder this week.
Kristen LaBrie is a free woman after changing her plea in the death of her son, Jeremy Fraser.
The 44-year-old was found guilty of the charge in 2011 along with charges of assault and battery and reckless child endangerment.
After five years in prison, LaBrie's trial lawyer was found to have provided an ineffective defense, and she was released in April.
That retrial will not happen. The prosecutor recommended Wednesday that Labrie be sentenced to time served and the judge agreed, reports CBS Boston.
In 2009, LaBrie's son was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 7.
LaBrie argued that she withheld his cancer medication after she claimed the side effects became so intense that she feared the drugs would kill him.
"Justice has been served today with the defendant admitting her guilt," Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett told reporters following the hearing.
LaBrie did not speak to reporters Wednesday. Her attorney said the weight of her actions will always stay with his client.
"She's going to have to live with this for the rest of her life," attorney John Morris said.