LAWRENCE -- Kristen LaBrie, the Beverly mother who is charged with withholding cancer medications from her son, testified today that the boy was "hammered" by the treatment and she feared that the cure was worse than the illness.
"I was really scared he had had it," LaBrie, 38, testified in her attempted murder trial at Essex Superior Court. "I was scared he couldn't go through any more chemotherapy. I felt it could out-villainize the disease."
LaBrie also faces charges of assault and battery on a disabled person with injury, assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, and reckless endangerment of a child. Her son, Jeremy Fraser, died at a hospice in Salem in March 2009.
Prosecutors say she withheld medicine for a tumor in his chest that could have cured him. His disease then progressed to leukemia. But a psychologist testified for the defense Thursday that LaBrie was mentally impaired and overwhelmed by the strain of caring for her son through a difficult course of treatment.
LaBrie today said she "went into complete shock" after learning of her son's diagnosis. She described the two-year treatment regimen doctors prescribed for him, which included both hospital stays and treatment at home.
"Jeremy went from pretty much being OK to being hammered on medications that were really making him sick," she said.
LaBrie first took the stand in her own defense on Thursday.
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