Attempted Murder Trial Begins For Illinois Mom
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 10, 2006
PEKIN, ILLINOIS--Testimony began Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of Kellie A. Waremburg.
The 33-year-old woman has admitted to giving her four-year-old daughter Lexus Fuller a combination of sleeping pills and other depressant drugs on June 21. Police say Waremburg confessed that she gave the drug cocktail to her daughter -- who has cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and is blind -- to get her "to go to sleep and not wake up."
Waremburg claims she was legally insane when she tried to kill Lexie, who survived and has since turned five years old.
On Wednesday, a counselor with a mental health clinic testified that Waremburg sought treatment twice in June for physical and emotional problems.
Lexus Fuller's near overdose is similar to the case of Katie McCarron, 3, who had autism and was suffocated to death on May 13 in Morton, roughly 13 miles away from the Waremburg residence.
Katie's mother, Dr. Karen McCarron, reportedly confessed to police that she held a plastic trash bag over her daughter's head to "end the pain" of dealing with her autism.
"Police Accuse Mother Of Trying To Poison Daughter; Media Softens Approach Toward Victims" June 30, 2006 (Inclusion Daily Express)