Transcript for A Quiet Life Shattered
And over ten -- you love four year old Andrew bird. But prosecutors believe she's -- -- the young boy with the cajun spice and want her last October. News avengers the SARS death myself listening hit Texas Gulf Coast like Corky. Overnight -- and Larry over just quiet light pollution thanks. Many -- -- afternoon. Your child don't need us television so many things -- to your phone. We -- just waiting for someone to look at it and say this is just an accident in instead and center Austin. Two investigators Andrew bird's death was no accident. The authorities quickly began -- a sinister tale of murder of pregnant mother of four who became overwhelmed with the arrival of a Foster child. Former new way -- county prosecutor Sandra eastwood's. Andrew -- an enraged mother. Who didn't I don't think loved him -- waited she loved her own biological children. The prosecution's theory was that -- turned abusive ultimately forcing him to consume a toxic dose of this creole seasoning. Detectives even used the over to his own children to build a case against them. These interviews obtained exclusively by twenty -- -- show what investigators believed were unusual forms of punishment you. -- -- -- -- What does that mean. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Some lie you adopt a child he wants a child through security camera because he's always in the bad -- things started by adding app like pieces. -- on the on the circumstances -- the -- -- Boils down to a woman -- tortured any child making him sleep on rough -- landed burning she is becoming so irate she forced him to have 23 -- -- hot pepper. And then watching him die in agony for two and a half hours. A grand jury charged both -- and Larry Overton was killing Andrew bird and capital murder -- automatic life sentence in Texas because Andrew was under the age of six but the Albertson's church community led by pastor Ron carver and his wife -- saw the accusations as ludicrous the church even -- 700000. Dollars for their defense. It's been so bizarre because she's really at the last person. You know saint. Cricketer -- this type of crime. While -- and Larry awaited separate trials and Hannah gave birth to a baby girl Emma. The child welfare placed all five children with loved ones allowing the couple only supervised visits. From day one of -- trial prosecutors attacked tennis seemingly calm motherly demeanor and made -- -- to be an abusive monster. Comment someone made was that did appear that this child had been in a fight for the porcupine I remember some kind of injury that was there. I remember there was even bruising on the elbows and. Good news. And that was more damning testimony this time from Andrews Foster mother before he lived with over -- Sharon Campbell Andrew was not. A difficult child to take care. At least he was not when he was with me I used to keep -- -- things on the table. And I never had Andrew. Taking anything off of the table and -- -- or -- did. But Hannah told the jury the exact opposite of what we did have problems that he had. The -- eating. Environmentalists. Over day. -- almost sounded in case. And and Larry say they first tried giving Andrew as much as he wanted to eat and his appetite was often startling. I think I made him doesn't -- legs and a -- of bacon and he would -- he gave to the point where he threw up. Heat a dozen and a half egg after he had to have and then seeing how beautiful he is trying to that's playing any don't have reunion tummy tightening -- -- According to the Overton in one sitting -- would eat five bananas or an entire jar of pickles. And people outside the home also witnessed Andrews bizarre eating. Christina blast was his Sunday school teacher at the time says she had to move the trash can away from Andrew dice thinking in his mouth. When it came time for craft he they -- to -- the glue which in nineteen. And people -- trash and she told the jury the marks on his body may have been self inflicted. In his eyes -- -- scams. If he had then little by -- He went scratches telmex -- leads -- to act and clean. And what the odd circumstances in the Overton house that camera pointed at his bed for instance. -- says he was just her way of coping after a family car crash which with a pregnant mother of five on bed rest. And -- says the child video monitor helped to make sure Andrew was safe well she was recovering from her injuries. He's eating problems escalating I'm just everything just got ten times whereas. Then -- just -- introduced a medical mystery. An adoption caseworker took the stand to say the performer any of this happened she had suggested Andrew might have pica. It's a strange eating disorder marked by an excess of appetite sometimes for things that aren't even Hannibal. -- enters the. It started as another tantrum. Happy he was that under his manner we have really fat. And key. And he could has and he got it. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Which is why -- and Larry say the mattress was outside and Spider-Man sheets were burned. It wasn't an act of cruelty is the prosecution suggested it was just -- clumsy attempt to clean up feces that Andrew had smeared everywhere. My husband -- the proceeds from a plastic and bag it and put -- in the tracks. For the -- -- hang on -- kept her head and trying to get that -- attacks and. I knew there was another set to replace -- last and so my solution in my frustration as customer. -- says Andrews flipped on the bedroom floor that night in sleeping bag hope. The next day the day Andrew -- Anna says she gave the water without a -- not to punish him put to soothe his appetite. Couldn't be that you Dakotas and as. -- his neck and made him during this horrible contraction absolutely yeah. Did you force feed -- -- canceling did you force feed him saturn's -- It just doesn't make sense -- trial attorney -- NATO the prosecutor said it -- was holding the child by the throat. And -- assault down. -- -- How many -- does she have to hold his mouth open horror writer wrote and yet poured down is just not gonna happen. But what about the idea of pepper flakes as punishment -- says the prosecution got it all wrong. And very big difference situation. A long time ago we had a -- that suggested that you get. That Pizza Hut pizza plagues and someone on their time they weren't forced every he can't. It was a figure of ten -- -- play like that and then taken out. Thanks very -- Reminder that we can hurt and there's other times. But if central wasn't punished with seasoning and weird this'll come from -- says she still haunted by something she might have missed -- -- while recovering from the. Car accident. -- taken and Tylenol skating and and I just opt for a minute. 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