Was it murder or a medical mystery? Was justice served or did the legal system fail an innocent woman? Hannah Overton, a Texas mother, has spent the last five years behind bars, serving out a life sentence after being convicted of killing her foster son by poisoning him with salt. But she maintains her innocence, claiming she was wrongfully accused and wrongfully convicted.
“I was so shocked. I didn’t even say goodbye to the kids in the morning.” -Hannah Overton
While the prosecution painted Hannah as a stressed-out mother at her wits’ end with a difficult child, was there more to Hannah and more to the story? ABC News Correspondent Paula Faris reported in-depth on the case and spent time with Hannah to find out.
“She truly had a heart for kids.” -Paula Faris
— PennyAnte (@fostermom62) October 15, 2012
Hannah’s husband, Larry, says she is innocent and remains by her side. He explained what happened the day Andrew got sick, and about the fateful decision to drive him to get medical help instead of calling 911.
“There’s not a day that I think about those things and wonder, could I have done something different?” -Larry Overton
Right now, Larry is on his own, raising their five children, ages 5 to 13, as a single dad. Four of the children, Isaac, Isabel, Allie, Sebastian, opened up about their foster brother and what life has been like since their mother’s conviction.
“He basically was a normal kid.” -Isaac Overton
— Nicole Cleaveley (@NicoleCleaveley) October 15, 2012
The prosecution laid out a case charging that Hannah Overton force-fed Andrew salt, but many questions surrounding Andrew’s death still linger. Hannah Overton has maintained her innocence and remains in prison hoping to overturn her murder conviction. Her lead appellate attorney, Cynthia Orr, joined Katie to talk about Hannah’s hopes for the future.
“There’s not one bit of evidence that points to Hannah’s guilt.” -Cynthia Orr
Hannah’s family and new defense team claims that an eating disorder called Pica is to blame for Andrew’s death. ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Keith Ayoob discussed the rare and bizarre condition that might have been the cause of Andrew’s death.
“They’ll want to eat that… it can be very hard to keep them away.” -Dr. Richard Besser
What do you think really happened?