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Mother pleads to injecting sanitizer in son's feeding tube

Mother pleads to injecting sanitizer in son's feeding tube

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — A 22-year-old Belle Chasse woman has pleaded guilty to killing her 17-month-old son, a Down syndrome patient who died of alcohol poisoning in January 2014.

Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay, in a news release, said Erika Wigstrom pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter. District Judge Kevin Connor sentenced her to the maximum 40 years in prison without benefit of probation or suspension of sentence.

A grand jury indicted Wigstrom on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges in the death of her son, Lucas Ruiz.

She allegedly tried to kill the child in October 2012 by injecting perfume into his feeding tube while he was in the hospital for a heart procedure. He survived that attempt but died after she injected hand sanitizer into his feeding tube last year.

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