- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LAWRENCE, MASS. (AP) - A member of the jury that convicted a Massachusetts mother of attempted murder for withholding cancer medication from her son says the decision was “heart-wrenchingly difficult.”

Paul Holladay says when deliberations started, most jurors didn’t expect to find Kristen LaBrie guilty of attempted murder.

But he told The Associated Press that when they began going over scenarios in which they would find LaBrie not guilty, the more that seemed “implausible.”

Holladay said LaBrie consistently said she was giving her son, Jeremy Fraser, the medication and knew it was important. But at the same time, she was withholding the drugs and trying to make sure nobody knew.

The 38-year-old LaBrie testified she stopped giving Jeremy the medications because she couldn’t bear to see how the side effects sickened him. He died in 2009 at age 9.

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