Mass. mom who withheld meds denied new trial
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison for withholding potentially life-saving medication from her autistic, cancer-stricken son has had her request for a new trial rejected.
Kristen LaBrie’s new attorney told a judge this week that her trial lawyer was ineffective and had no experience presenting the “diminished capacity” defense.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/17OBF7g ) reports that a judge wrote in a decision released Thursday that while not perfect, the work of LaBrie’s attorney was “very good.” The judge says the lawyer pursued the only viable defense — that LaBrie was overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a sick child.
LaBrie was convicted in 2011 of attempted murder for withholding at least five months of chemotherapy treatments for her son, Jeremy Fraser. He died at age 9 in 2009.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com