Karen McCarron denied retrial for murdering autistic daughter

Karen McCarron’s attempt to get a retrial for murdering her autistic daughter Katie has failed. Reporter Michael Smothers has the details.
In May 2006, Karen McCarron put a plastic bag over the head of Katie McCarron and kept it there until the little three year old suffocated. McCarron, a forensic pathologist, believed that she had caused Katie’s autism by letting her have the MMR vaccine (Andrew Wakefield has a lot to answer for). In January 2008, a jury found Karen McCarron guilty of first-degree murder, and she received a 36-year sentence.
The above sentence about how Katie died upsets me no end. Karen McCarron put a bag over Katie’s head and kept it there until the little three year old perished. I can’t imagine a death more terrifying: fighting to live as you are prevented from breathing.
McCarron claimed that Marc Wolfe, her lawyer in the original trial, was incompetent. Judge Stuart Borden disagreed, finding that Wolfe’s conduct “did not fall below an objective standard of reasonableness.”
Karen McCarron murdered Katie because she was autistic. Sadly, this was not the last case of its kind. Hopefully, it will give other would-be killers pause for thought.

Picture of Katie McCarron

In memory of Katie McCarron

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