Mass. mom who withheld meds denied new trial

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison for withholding potentially life-saving medication from her autistic, cancer-stricken son has had her request for a new trial rejected.

Kristen LaBrie's new attorney told a judge this week that her trial lawyer was ineffective and had no experience presenting the "diminished capacity" defense.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/17OBF7g ) reports that a judge wrote in a decision released Thursday that while not perfect, the work of LaBrie's attorney was "very good." The judge says the lawyer pursued the only viable defense — that LaBrie was overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a sick child.

LaBrie was convicted in 2011 of attempted murder for withholding at least five months of chemotherapy treatments for her son, Jeremy Fraser. He died at age 9 in 2009.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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