Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm just sick...

There is a story out of Corpus Christi about a mom (Hannah Overton) who had several children and was fostering (in the process of adopting) a special needs child. This child died while in her care due to salt poisoning. There was some question as to whether this was her fault because she had fed him something high in sodium (somehow to treat his eating disorder-this mixture was supposed to help him to feel satisfied, something never achieved in normal circumstances with this child). Some even suggested she had forcefully fed the child this mixture (but there was no evidence to support this theory by the prosecution). The child then exhibited flu-like symptoms and just seemed "off". She treated him (like any mother would-who rushes her child to the ER for "flu-like" symptoms?) and then when her husband got home, I think an hour later or so, they took him to an urgent care place. Then, the dr's put an IV in him with...you guessed it! Salt! How was she supposed to know it was salt poisoning if the dr's didn't?

Her children were questioned (these are young children)and their words twisted and used against their own mother. His mosquito bites were and bruises were pointed at as evidence of abuse (this was a young boy-they get mosquito bites and they fall down and get bruises on their legs...). At any rate, how can salt poisoning be first degree murder!? Who uses salt to intentionally kill someone? So, this mother of small children is now in prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Now we have this story: A man shoots his grown son (with a gun-which is actually an intentional weapon-unlike salt) and kills him. He gets 3 years. Give me a break!

Note: I guess if you are looking for the positive in this situation, she has started a prison ministry and has helped several women come to know Christ (this is something I've heard and have no reason not to trust the source) and it has caused people to begin questioning what is going on in our local judicial system.

3 comments:

mainehappymama said...

craziness....I've never understood sentencing and what some people get away with and others don't. Sigh....

Kendra plus 2 said...

This is a hard case. One of my co-workers has an adopted set of twins. They were removed from their birth mother when one was poisoned with, you guessed it, salt. She only wanted one baby after all. Doctor's have told my co-worker time and time again, salt poisoning is the perfect crime.
That being said, I feel bad for this poor woman. The above case hinged on a confession, hers was assumption. In the end there is only one Judge that matters I guess good or bad.

carebear7951 said...

You're right Kendra...about the Judge that matters. This family wanted more children! They chose him! :(
I can't believe that story you know of. Who knows that salt can KILL?

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