La. mom charged with death of Down syndrome son

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been charged with 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 Wednesday. Police say she told them she wanted to end Lucas Ruiz's suffering. The Times-Picayune reports ( ) Wigstrom broke down in tears during an afternoon court appearance.

Lucas died Jan. 24. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Commander Eric Becnel said the child also had been poisoned with alcohol in October 2012 while hospitalized in Jefferson Parish for treatment of a heart defect. The child's father, Cesar Ruiz, allegedly confessed in that instance, but Becnel said Wigstrom has now confessed to poisoning the child in both cases.

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