|Amber Lucius was killed by her mother (Police handout)|
A mother who drugged and murdered her young daughter will face life in prison. Laura Coward drugged and killed her nine-year-old daughter before burning her body in a slaying the judge labelled the ‘ultimate senseless betrayal’.
Coward, from Canada, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of her daughter Amber Lucius in a Calgary courtroom last month. She has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance at parole for 18 years.
|(Picture: Family handout)|
Justice Scott Brooker who sentenced Coward Friday said the killing was random, senseless and the ultimate betrayal. Amber was reported missing in August 2014 and her mother was arrested two days later in Alberta.
Coward had given the girl a toxic but non-lethal dose of a prescription sleeping medication, but thought she was dead and put Amber in the truck and set it on fire. Coward begged the girl’s father and her own family and friends to forgive her at her sentencing hearing last week.
- Metro, UK