Boy Dies after Mom Denied Cancer Meds - Should the mom be chanrged?
Boy Dies after Mom Denied Cancer Meds
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Boston Herald: A 9-year-old boy whose mother is accused of withholding his cancer medication has died, and prosecutors say they have not ruled out bringing new charges against her.
Prosecutors in July said his mother, Kristen Anne LaBrie, canceled at least a dozen appointments for chemotherapy treatment and did not fill at least half the prescriptions her son had been given. She has pleaded not guilty to reckless child endangerment.
"We are saddened by Jeremy's death," said Steve O'Connell, a spokesman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. "As for enhanced charges, we will reserve any judgment regarding that until we have complete information."
LaBrie did not appear at a previously scheduled pretrial hearing in the endangerment case today. Her attorney, Kevin James, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
James said previously that LaBrie had taken her son more than 100 times to Massachusetts General Hospital and had been "extensively involved in this child's care."
Eric Fraser, who is the boy's father and who is estranged from LaBrie, told reporters Tuesday after the hearing in Salem District Court that he was relieved his son's suffering was over, but he said he wants justice.
"He doesn't deserve any of this. None of it. He is an innocent boy that relies on his mother and that just didn't happen," he said.
The boy's cancer was in remission last fall, but returned within months.
LaBrie is due back in court on April 16, when a trial date will be set.
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