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LOUISIANA MOM WHO POISONED DOWN SYNDROME BABY SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS

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Louisiana Mom Who Poisoned Down Syndrome Baby Sentenced To 40 Years

A Louisiana mom confessed to adding a mixture of perfume and hand sanitizer to her baby’s feeding tube – an action that resulted in the death of the toddler.

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22-year-old Erika Wigstrom was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the possibility of probation after she pled guilty to manslaughter in the 2014 death of her 17-month old son, Lucas Ruiz.

Wigstrom’s son was born with Down’s Syndrome along with a critical heart disease that required him to have surgery and a feeding tube placed.

According to prosecutors, Wingstrom first attempted to kill Lucas in 2012 by injecting perfume in the baby’s feeding tube while he was in the hospital recovering from a surgery.

Less than two years later, Wigstrom added a concoction of hand sanitizer and perfume to her son’s feeding tube which resulted in alcohol poisoning and his death.

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The father of the toddler, Cesar Ruiz, also confessed to running Rum through his feeding tube, however he was only charged with criminal mischief.