It is being reported that a woman has been found guilty of murdering her 3-year-old autistic girl.
Mother Karen McCarron, put a bag over her daughter’s head, believing that doing that would fix her. Her baby died.
“Maybe I could fix her this way, and in heaven she would be complete,” she told police during the interview two days after Katherine “Katie” McCarron’s death.
The defence for Karen McCarron was that she was insane, but the jurers did not buy this ploy, finding her guilty of murder. She could face up to 100 years in prison.
Jurers heard key testimony to the fact that the mother, killed her baby at her parents’ house, drove the baby back home, and put her in bed.
Jurors deliberated for nine hours over two days before finding the 39-year-old guilty of two counts of murder, obstructing justice and concealment of a homicidal death.
One psychiatrist testifying for the defense said earlier in the trial that Karen McCarron was severely depressed and guilt-ridden the day she killed Katie.
“Karen was severely obsessed with the idea, and she believed it, that she caused her daughter’s autism,” defense witness Dr. Joseph Glenmullen said.
“She knew what she was doing,” prosecution witness Dr. Terry Killian said. “She was stressed, yes, but she was able to make a rational decision.”