By John MacCormack - Express-News
Her lawyers say the child, who came from an abusive family and had an eating disorder, likely ingested it himself accidentally when he was unsupervised.
“The justice system failed us, but God will make me free,” she said in a prison interview this fall.
When the courtroom filled Thursday morning, about two dozen Overton supporters strained from the courtroom lobby to follow the arcane arguments about law and grammar.
And, she said, instead of Overton failing to seek proper medical care for Burd, as the state alleged, “She made every effort in the world to save him. Her efforts were heroic.”
“The crux of our case, is that, however this child got that much salt into him, at some point she knew he was going to die, and did nothing about it,” he said.
“Are we going down a slippery slope here when a parent has a sick child and the child stops breathing? When do you call for help without being charged with murder?” presiding Judge Linda Yañez asked Norman.
“We got 400,000 hits on the Web site and 800 impassioned messages, and all but about a half dozen were messages of support,” she said.
As the crowd dispersed Thursday morning after the court hearing, Overton's mother was optimistic she would be freed.
“Now we wait. All we're hoping for is a speedy decision,” she said.