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US mom charged with death of Down syndrome son

US mom accused of injecting hand sanitizer into feeding tube, killing son with Down syndrome

US mom charged with death of Down syndrome son

BELLE CHASSE, Louisiana (AP) -- A U.S. woman has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder after police say she injected alcohol-based hand sanitizer into the feeding tube of her 17-month-old son, who had Down syndrome.

Twenty-year-old Erika Wigstrom was being held without bond after her arrest Tuesday. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Commander Eric Becnel says she told police she wanted to end Lucas Ruiz's suffering. Times-Picayune reports that Wigstrom broke down in tears during a court appearance Wednesday.

Lucas died Jan. 24. Becnel says the child also had been poisoned with alcohol in October 2012 while hospitalized for treatment of a heart defect. Becnel says the child's father, Cesar Ruiz, confessed in that instance but that Wigstrom now has confessed to poisoning the child both times.

Updated : 2021-06-15 03:10 GMT+08:00