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Louisiana Mom Erika Wigstrom Confesses to Fatal Hand Sanitizer Poisoning of 17-Month-Old Son

Erika WigstromA Louisiana woman has confessed to poisoning her 17-month-old son to death by injecting the toddler with hand sanitizer.

Erika Wigstrom, 20, of Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, faces charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of her her son, Lucas Ruiz.

Ruiz, who was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, died on January 24 from alcohol poisoning. According to authorities, Wigstrom confessed to injecting her son with Germ-X brand hand sanitizer in what she called a “mercy killing.”

“She and her boyfriend wanted to end the child’s misery and the pain and suffering that the child was going through,” Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Eric Becnel told WVUE.

Wigstrom also confessed to poisoning her son with perfume, a crime for which her boyfriend, Cesar Ruiz, is currently incarcerated. Ruiz confessed to pouring rum into the baby’s feeding tube in Oschner Hospital before he was scheduled to undergo open heart surgery. But it wasn’t rum, but rather perfume oil, that was administered, and it was Wigstrom, not Ruiz, who did it.

Wigstrom is being held without bail in the Belle Chasse lockup. She has expressed “no remorse,” Becnel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty for Wigstrom. It is unclear what will happen to Cesar Ruiz now that Wigstrom has confessed to the previous poisoning.

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