A Massachusetts mom has admitted in a court of law that she withheld at least five months of chemotherapy medication from her autistic son. Kristen LaBrie, who is charged with attempted murder and child endangerment for withholding the treatments, claims she stopped giving him the cancer meds because she “didn’t want to make him any sicker.”
Her son, Jeremy Fraser, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. Fraser’s oncologist testified that his cancer had a cure rate of 85 to 90%.
According to the Associated Press
The boy required periodic hospitalizations and frequent visits to a hospital clinic, where he received chemotherapy treatments. LaBrie was instructed to give him two to three cancer medications at home.
After months of treatment, the boy’s cancer went into remission. But in February 2008, doctors discovered the cancer had returned in the form of leukemia and that LaBrie had not filled at least five months’ worth of prescriptions for her son’s cancer drugs.
During cross examination, the 38-year-old woman admitted she had told her son’s doctors that the boy “was doing well on the at-home chemotherapy treatments.” She also admitted that she had lied when confronted with the unfilled prescriptions, maintaining that the pharmacy must have made a bookkeeping error.
Jeremy Fraser spent the last year of his life living with his father, Eric Fraser. Jeremy died in 2009 at age 9. Just seven months later, his father died in a motorcycle accident.
The jury is expected to begin deliberating LaBrie’s case on Monday.