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LAWRENCE | A Massachusetts woman who withheld at-home chemotherapy medications from her autistic, cancer-stricken son was convicted of attempted murder Tuesday by jurors who dismissed her claim that she thought the side effects of the treatment could kill him.

Kristen LaBrie also was found guilty of child endangerment and assault and battery for failing to give her son, Jeremy Fraser, at least five months of cancer medications after the boy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. He died in 2009 at age 9.

LaBrie, 38, told the jury she stopped giving her son the medications because she couldn’t bear to see how sick the side effects made him.

Prosecutors portrayed her as a single mother seething with resentment because she had to care for Jeremy alone.


School ‘boobies’ bracelets OK’d by court

PHILADELPHIA | A federal judge said the popular “I (heart) boobies!” breast cancer fundraising bracelets aren’t lewd or vulgar, so it’s OK for public school students to wear them.

U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin is siding with students in a free-speech test case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Judge McLaughlin issued a temporary injunction Tuesday that bars the Easton Area School District from enforcing its ban on the $4 rubber bracelets.

The judge heard testimony from Easton middle school students in December. She found that the bracelets are being worn to promote breast cancer awareness.

Easton school officials argue the slogan suggests a sexual double meaning and leads to in-school distractions.

Easton is one of several school districts around the country to have banned the bracelets.

From wire dispatches and staff reports