Woman Killed Her Baby with Down Syndrome By Injecting Hand Sanitizer Into His Feeding Tube

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 21, 2015   |   9:10AM   |   Baton Rouge, LA

In Louisiana, Erika Wigstrom has pleaded guilty to killing her 17-month-old baby by putting hand sanitizer into his feeding tube. Her son, Lucas Ruiz, was born with Down syndrome and an atrioventricular canal defect, which required that he take in nourishment through a feeding tube. People Magazine reports that Lucas died in January 2014 and Wigstrom was indicted on first-degree murder and attempted murder.

In October 2012, Wigstrom tried to kill her son by pouring rum and perfume down his feeding tube while they were at the hospital but was unsuccessful. Unbelievably, during the investigation she admitted that she researched how much alcohol was needed to kill an infant. However, she also said she was just trying to “help” Lucas by putting him out of his misery.

This week, Wigstrom was sentenced to 40 years in prison after finally admitting to killing her son and taking a lesser charge of manslaughter. Lucas’ autopsy showed that his blood-alcohol content was 0.28 percent, which is well over three times the legal limit for adults.

Although what this mother did to her baby is horrific beyond words, it’s important to note that if Wigstrom killed her baby in abortion before he was born it would have been totally legal. In fact, Wigstrom could have gone to a late-term abortionist and aborted her baby after 20-weeks of pregnancy. This is why states in the U.S. are working to pass legislation that bans late-term abortion and makes it illegal for a doctor to abort a baby due to a genetic fetal abnormality.


As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013, North Dakota was the first state to make it illegal for a doctor to abort a baby due to fetal condition, such as Down syndrome. Then, earlier this year, the Ohio Legislature introduced legislation that would do the same and it is expected to pass.

The sponsor of the Ohio bill, Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township), said the following about the pro-life legislation: “As with any bill that they perceive as a threat to their industry, pro-abortion groups have been vocal in their opposition to HB 135. However, they are presenting the same arguments they use for every pro-life bill. While I make no effort to conceal my pro-life convictions, I firmly believe this bill is about discrimination, not abortion. Choosing to end an individual’s life simply because they are different, or might have Down syndrome, is discrimination. There is simply no other way to look at it.”

Unfortunately, most abortion proponents oppose measures that protect babies with genetic conditions even though they ban some late-abortions. Additionally, some doctors try to pressure women into having abortions if their child has Down syndrome because they believe their life is not worth living.