Jury gets case of Mass. mom who withheld medicine

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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 11:43 AM
Jury gets case of Mass. mom who withheld medicine

A Massachusetts jury has begun deliberating the case of a woman accused of withholding cancer treatment from her autistic son.

Kristen LaBrie is charged with attempted murder, child endangerment and assault and battery for failing to give her son, Jeremy Fraser, at least five months of at-home cancer medications. The boy died at age 9 in 2009.

A jury in Lawrence began deliberating Monday after hearing closing arguments and instructions from the judge.

LaBrie says she stopped giving her son his chemotherapy medications because the side effects made him so sick she was afraid the treatments would kill him.

During closings, LaBrie's lawyer said her actions were not "intentional, wanton or reckless."

A prosecutor told the jury LaBrie "showed not one shred of feeling responsible" for her son's death.