1. Mum sentenced to life in prison after drugging and killing her nine-year-old daughter in custody dispute.
— Calgary Herald (@calgaryherald) March 10, 2017
A Canadian mother who drugged, burned and killer her nine-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison, the Calgary Herald reports.
Laura Coward was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years after she plead guilty to the second-degree murder of her daughter, Amber Lucius.
Coward and her ex-husband, Duane Lucius, had been involved in a bitter dispute over the custody of their daughter before Amber was killed.
Amber was reported missing in August 2014. Laura was arrested two days later after she was found standing outside a burned truck with her daughter’s body inside.
The court heard Amber had been with her mother for a weekend trip, before Laura drove the nine-year-old to a remote area, gave her a toxic dose of prescription sleeping medication and set the truck she was in on fire.
Amber’s father, Duane, said no prison sentence could ever do his daughter justice.
“I will never get to watch my daughter grow up,” he said after his ex-wife was sentenced.
“I have had to bury my child and nothing will bring her back. I can only hope that other children are not being used as bargaining chips in a divorce roused to hurt the other parent.”
Justice Scott Brooker said Laura’s crime was the “ultimate betrayal”.
“In murdering your own daughter you have committed a vile and evil crime,” he said.