LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A member of the jury that convicted a Massachusetts mother of attempted murder for withholding cancer medication from her son says the decision was “heart-wrenchingly difficult.”

Paul Holladay says when deliberations started, most jurors didn’t expect to find Kristen LaBrie guilty of attempted murder.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi talked to another juror who explains the “tough decision”

But he told The Associated Press that when they began going over scenarios in which they would find LaBrie not guilty, the more that seemed “implausible.”

Holladay said LaBrie consistently said she was giving her son, Jeremy Fraser, the medication and knew it was important. But at the same time, she was withholding the drugs and trying to make sure nobody knew.

The 38-year-old LaBrie testified she stopped giving Jeremy the medications because she couldn’t bear to see how the side effects sickened him. He died in 2009 at age 9.

Comments (3)
  1. blackbear1 says:

    Wow, this is extremely difficult! Was this woman overburdened, overwhelmed, etc? Did she get any help from other family members? She had also just lost her husband. Are there other family members against her? I don’t know if I could pull the trigger on her. I have not walked in her shoes.

  2. emom says:

    This is hard and to believe she was over burdened , over whelmed or even over worked, At some point someone should have realized it. I understand being over whelmed and over burden , dealing with a dissabled husband, child and an ill mother, I do not take it all onto to myself any more. I seek help , its the best for all. there is always a way to get help and there is always a reason for it. but to not seek it and totally stay in denial , thats a much , Many folks have difficult life styles and manage to deal every day… I feel bad , but whats worse is this child would have survived, cancer treatments are harse, but people do survive them .

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