BELLE CHASSE, LA (WVUE) - A Belle Chasse mother will spend the next 40 years in prison for poisoning her disabled 17-month-old son.
Investigators say Erica Wigstrom, 20, put hand sanitizer into her son's feeding tube. Lucas Ruiz died on January 24, 2014.
Wigstrom pleaded guilty to manslaughter and got the maximum sentence of 40 years without the possibility of probation. Wigstrom had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office provided an autopsy report that indicated Lucas' cause of death was determined to be acute ethanol intoxication, and the manner of death was homicide.
When deputies interviewed Wigstrom, they said she confessed to injecting hand sanitizer into Lucas' feeding tube prior to feeding him on January 23, 2014. She also admitted to injecting perfume into Ruiz's feeding tube while he was being treated at Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson on October 16, 2012.
The mother told investigators that she did it because she didn't want her son to suffer anymore.