A High Court judge Monday sentenced a 25-year-old mother to 98 years in jail after she was found guilty of killing her two children by giving them rat poison in 2014.
Awena Rutherford, appeared before Justice Navindra Singh for sentencing after she had been found guilty last month.
Unlike, last month, when she broke down in tears after the guilty verdict was announced, Rutherford remained calm as the judge announced the jail term.
The court heard that on March 27, 2014, Rutherford instructed her two young children, one-year-old Jabari Cadogan and four-year-old Odascia Cadogan, to ingest the rat poison tablets. Rutherford had said that she had drunk two tablets herself.
The children followed their mother’s command and became ill almost immediately. They were rushed to the hospital but died while receiving treatment.
In court, the woman had argued that she was not aware that the tablets were rat poison and were given to the children who had a cold.
But the jury found her guilty on the two counts of manslaughter.
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