Texas Mom Convicted in Salt Poisoning Death Back in Court, Hopes to Be Freed


Overton's case has garnered widespread attention in just the last few months from media outlets within the small coastal city of Corpus Christi and beyond, including Texas Monthly and the Huffington Post. The San Antonio Express-News which originally brought scrutiny to the case published an editorial this week calling on the current district attorney of Nueces County to "acknowledge that the sensational prosecution of Hannah Overton for the death of her son was a miscarriage of justice."

Hannah Overton's husband, Larry, has been a single father of five children while his wife has been incarcerated. Once a month, he packs them into the family van and travel 300 miles to the Texas prison where she is being held. The baby girl, Emma, who was just nine months old when her mother was convicted is now five years old. Andrew Burd would have celebrated his tenth birthday this summer.

Larry Overton with the couple's five children. (Credit: Jade Payne )

Hannah Overton told "20/20" in 2008 that she did not regret trying to adopt Andrew.

"I wouldn't take that away," she said. "He had brothers and sisters and a mommy and daddy, what he called his forever family, because we had to go through a lot of pain since then. It's not fair to him. Or to us."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 16222297.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...