Stepmother is sentenced to death after cooking anti-freeze into children's food, choking them

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Stepmom Sentenced to Death For Torturing, Adding Anti-Freeze to Kids' Food


BY: INSIDE EDITION

A woman who cooked anti-freeze into food she gave her common-law husband's two young children has been sentenced to death.

An Alabama jury found Heather Leavell-Keaton, 26, guilty of the 2010 murder of three-year-old Chase DeBlase. They ruled that she also recklessly caused the death of his four-year-old sister, Natalie, just months earlier.

On Thursday, Mobile County Circuit Court judge Roderick Stout sentenced Leavell-Keaton to death by lethal injection making her the first woman in the history of the county to be sent to death row.

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She was emotionless throughout the hearing, AL.com reported.

Prosecutors said that, in March 2010, four-year-old Natalie was duct-taped and put in a suitcase that was then left in a closet for 12 hours. She choked to death and her body was dumped in a wooded area in Citronelle, Alabama.

Three months later, when Chase started asking where his sister was, the boy was taped to a broom handle and left in a corner of the couple's bedroom overnight, according to prosecutors. He also choked to death and his body was found in a wooded area in Vancleave, Mississippi.

Leavell-Keaton had also cooked anti-freeze into the children's food, prosecutors said.

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The children's biological mother sobbed as the details of their deaths were read out in court, AL.com reported.

Prosecutors had claimed that Leavell-Keaton was jealous of the children's mother.

Leavell-Keaton's attorney told the court that she has turned to religion and will no longer be a threat, but the judge still opted for the death penalty.

John DeBlase, the children's father, was sentenced to death in late 2014.

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