Transcript for Life Without Parole
It took too long days for jurors to decide if Hannah Overton was guilty of murder in the salt poisoning death of Andrew -- Four year old boy she was trying to adopt. Finally a verdict. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There had a wonderful. I was about now and then there's the fear. How -- I tell my children what did you tell your children to accept him down. And I told them you know some people believe that mom -- pantry and so -- said -- -- -- It's Hannah was given a life sentence without the possibility of -- and her husband Larry later pled no contest to negligent homicide in return for just five years probation. Canada was -- a prison 300 miles away from her home. She says the pain of seeing her children through prison glass -- unable to hug or even touch them is almost unbearable. What -- those -- like. Amazing to me -- -- together and and then go home and he -- Honestly as Lillie even shares. In the aftermath of -- his trial heard church supporters were left stunned to see how -- convicted. -- the jury fully understand what the judge was asking them to decide. To find -- guilty jurors had to believe either -- scenarios that Hanna forced -- Andrew bird salts knowing it would kill him. More -- she neglected to get medical help fast enough knowing that he was dying. All twelve jurors agreed with the second scenario she didn't get help Andrew needed we sat down with two of them. I don't believe it was her intention. Two. To kill -- But I just feel that if Andrew would have gotten helps tumor. He he would probably be alive today but I mean. Whenever and I know that I -- saying -- Until it felt kind of -- -- seek medical help it. But both jurors may have missed a key issue did -- and no Andrew was dying or that it would kill him if she didn't get help. Do you think that she intentionally withheld medical attention. In order to kill a child. That's something a warning from him I mean. We're just looking back because we heard a lot a number of times you saying will never -- and so raises the question. Reasonable doubt. Is there. Any reasonable doubt in this case. Content -- -- Do you think she deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail. She mean to hurt her town she can mean to kill him but she's spending the rest of her life -- -- Why wouldn't that was your only choice and a lot of us believe down involuntary manslaughter. But -- jury couldn't consider manslaughter they had only two options capital murder. We're not guilty and the prosecution did offer a lesser charge -- defense team rejected him because they never believed to jury would find -- guilty. A decision and -- says she now regrets. Do you. Feel like given what Andrew was doing that. You had reason to call 911 and rushed to the hospital if we had known what was going on inside his tiny yes. We didn't from new trial is going on from what we thought. It didn't look like he was -- -- -- Hannah and her attorneys weren't the only ones surprised by the verdict. These two doctors both experts in the case. When the prosecution. And the other for the defense feel Hannah Overton was wrongly convicted. I once it's done. When I heard that she had been given. Capital murder -- just. At a loss for words. One doctor Edgar Cortes the same pediatrician who treated and -- at the. I told the prosecutor I hope you're gonna come forward with a charge other than capital murder. I don't think -- intentionally. -- Cortez says he also disagrees with the prosecution's portrayal of Andrew as of perfectly healthy child saying he says he saw developmental problems even before Andrew went to the video protects. The only physician -- treated. He was alive and who was aware of problems that he had was me. And I think that testimony might have -- the jury and understanding that perhaps he was not totally normal child. But the jury never got to hear those opinions. Just to be clear you're not being paid by the Overton defense absolutely and I wouldn't take a penny from them. I want the right thing to be done I believe that when you -- -- jury to truth he should be the whole truth. And nothing but the truth. I cannot control -- his perceptions are I cannot and I certainly control -- he is saying now are not saying. But I feel very confident that I did their right being in presenting the evidence and having her convicted. The former prosecutor says she doesn't called Cortez expressing doubt about -- his intent. Sounds very disingenuous to me. I was very clear from day one and very forceful. As to my opinions. But. Cortez isn't alone there's someone else who believes the case against -- is flaunt. Doctor Michael -- is a leading expert on salt poisoning at children's hospital of Pittsburgh. I don't think there's any evidence at all. That she did this. -- testimony also wasn't heard by the jury but he believes he knows what happened to Andrew. I think he was one of his feeding -- and intended tantrums and he was unsupervised for a brief period of time. And I believe that he. Ingested a large amount of salt and outside it would say why would a child eat that amount assault a normal child would not that a child -- Michael Ward who. Doctor Moritz -- researched extensively about salt poisoning and it's connection to hike. He's even published an article citing a distinctive pattern. When I pulled all the cases of salt poisoning in the literature. They all fit this same profile children within that age group of 26 years of age. In Foster care. From abusive homes but with behavioral problems who had a history I guess who by all accounts -- -- voluntary ingested large amounts of sodium. But the crucial issue remains. -- -- know the child was dying that day. I think she was angry enraged. -- a warning to punish him and hurt hand and then realized. Oh my gosh I really hurt him. The former prosecutor stands by her theory. But when lead investigator has was asked about the logic of it all he didn't seem to understand the basic underpinnings of the case. Why would somebody who's just poison their child admit to all of it. OK I don't I don't think she woke up today and staff -- today as October 2 I want to kill Andrea. I think that. She was trying to change -- behavior capital murder by my understanding is not intent to change -- behavior its intent to kill. -- changing as we hate -- here. And she's gonna win we'll tell you that the -- -- -- you're absolutely convinced that she withheld medical treatment. In an effort -- yes I think well at night because I know that's -- right thing happened here. -- her restful -- might soon come to an end. Shocking allegations -- -- any preferred. Fireworks and drive me for us tonight -- -- What is it about the prosecutors -- private life. Call the whole case into question. Slight -- Hanna from prison. I understand how anybody could do the things that -- Sleep well tonight.
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