Woman in Texas ricin case gives birth in custody
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Woman in Texas ricin case gives birth in custody

New mother is accused of sending ricin-laced letters to Obama and Bloomberg to implicate her husband

International poison symbol (photo credit: CC BY Matt Brubek/Flickr)
International poison symbol (photo credit: CC BY Matt Brubek/Flickr)

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given birth prematurely to a baby boy while in custody.

Attorneys for Shannon Guess Richardson and husband Nathan say she gave birth July 4 to a boy named Brody. Shannon Richardson’s attorney, Tonda Curry, says the baby faces serious medical issues due to the premature birth and remains hospitalized.

John Delk, Nathan Richardson’s attorney, says the boy weighed less than 2 pounds (less than 1 kilogram) at birth and was four months premature.

A federal affidavit alleges Shannon Richardson contacted authorities to try to implicate her husband in the ricin letters, before being arrested herself on June 7.

She’s accused of sending the letters to Obama, Bloomberg and a man who heads Bloomberg’s gun-control organization.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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