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Woman confesses to poisoning son

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Belle Chasse, Louisiana - A US woman has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder after police say she injected alcohol-based hand sanitiser into the feeding tube of her 17-month-old son, who had Down syndrome.

Twenty-year-old Erika Wigstrom was being held without bond after her arrest on Tuesday.

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Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Commander Eric Becnel says she told police she wanted to end Lucas Ruiz's suffering.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Wigstrom broke down in tears during a court appearance on Wednesday.

Lucas died on January 24.

Becnel says the child had also been poisoned with alcohol in October 2012 while in hospital for the treatment of a heart defect.

Becnel says the child's father, Cesar Ruiz, confessed in that instance, but that Wigstrom now has confessed to poisoning the child both times. - Sapa-AP

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