A Tennessee mother who tried to poison her children with a deadly cocktail of drugs saved the prison sentence after a passionate plea by her victims.
Nelsondra Watson, 43, was charged with killing her three children – two adults and one minor – on the night of April 8, 2018, by giving them a mixture of NyQuil and the antidepressant Lexapro. Watson had then planned to die by suicide.
She waited all night for her children to die, but when they didn't, Watson called her doctor, who then called the police.
The mother was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with three counts of attempted murder of the first degree, reckless threat, child abuse and falsification of food.
Nelsondra Watson, 43, pleaded guilty to only three counts of falsification of a food or liquid, while the other charges against her were rejected. A judge then issued her five-year sentence under supervision and began on 10 September
But on Tuesday, Watson pleaded guilty to only three counts of falsification of a food or liquid, while the other charges against her were rejected.
A judge then issued her five-year sentence under supervision, starting on 10 September.
The cost reduction was largely the result of a passionate plea from her children, with which Watson had no contact for 15 months, in accordance with the restrictions laid down in a bail.
Anyway, her two sons Alonzo and Mario Watson wrote to the court to beg a judge that their mother would never have deliberately tried to kill them, citing her well-documented history of psychological problems and suggested a recent change in her medication made sure she & # 39; suicidal tendencies & # 39; had.
"I trust her with my life and I know she would not intentionally harm me or my brothers and sisters," wrote Mario Watson in his letter. "She has had a major impact on our lives. I believe the medicine is wrong. Everything only started to fall apart after the medicine came into play for her depression. & # 39;
Court records showed that Watson had contacted her doctor on the day of the attempted murder seeking takeover at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, claiming she was trying to kill her children.
Watson was accused of trying to kill her three children – two adults and a minor – on the night of April 8, 2018, by giving them a mixture of NyQuil (right) and the antidepressant Lexapro (left). Watson had then planned to die by suicide. She waited all night for her children to die, but when they didn't, Watson called her doctor, who then called the police.
Her eldest son, Alonzo, went one step further and said she was not at all guilty of the incident.
"I write to say she is not guilty," his letter began. & # 39; I believe her depression came from living with our father. I recently found out that the side effects of the medication she used caused suicidal tendencies. I have come to the conclusion that her depression was caused by medication. & # 39;
Court records show that Watson, who takes care of her daughter with profound autism full time, had mental health problems before April 2018.
She will go through a judicial diversion program, where her record can be removed at the end of her probationary period if she meets the conditions of her five-year supervised probationary period.
She will also have to meet other special conditions, including treatment for her mental health and medication compliance.
Other conditions also include that she must sign a waiver so that a probation officer can follow her treatment and follow all other valid court orders, and report to the court every six months for a status examination that shows documentation supporting the treatment and the compliance with medication.
Moreover, she cannot have violent contact with her children.
Her first assessment is scheduled for March 27, 2020.
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