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Kentucky Mother Pushed on Death Row after Beating Toddler to Death; Her Lawyer Blamed Social Media for Exaggerated Interest of Public in Case

Kentucky Mother Pushed on Death Row after Beating Toddler to Death; Her Lawyer Blamed Social Media for Exaggerated Interest of Public in Case

A young mother has been arrested and is currently in custody following the tragic death of her toddler, allegedly due to severe abuse.

Erica Lawson, 21, is facing multiple charges including second-degree murder, failure to report child dependency neglect or abuse, first-degree criminal abuse, and first-degree wanton endangerment. These charges are related to the tragic loss of her 17-month-old daughter, Elena.

In 2023, Lawson found herself in the custody of the Middlesboro Police Department. An arrest was made following the passing of Elena at a hospital in Tennessee on July 30, 2023. Lawson has been detained in Bell County, Kentucky, on a bond of $1 million since her arrest.

Prior to Elena’s passing, her uncle had approached the police with concerns about potential abuse, yet authorities were unable to locate Elena at that time.

Lisa Fugate, an attorney in Bell County, is advocating for the death penalty against Lawson, while Lawson’s defense attorneys are opposing it, citing the impact of false social media rumors on the case. The defense attorneys also questioned the state’s justification for seeking the death penalty in this case.

“Social media plays a crucial role in this case,” stated Greg Coulson, one of Lawson’s defense attorneys, as reported by PEOPLE.

“There’s an incredible amount of social media views and hundreds of thousands of interactions that are patently false and contradicted by the evidence.”

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Lawson’s defense team disputed the accuracy of previous statements made by Fugate, including one that alleged Elena had experienced sexual abuse.

The defense team has stated that there is no evidence to support the claim of sexual abuse against the child. The defense also emphasized the absence of male DNA on Elena. Fugate responded to these claims by stating that further testing was still being conducted.

“The medical examiner found no evidence of sexual abuse,” Coulson stated.

Lawson’s defense attorneys have also asked for the trial to be moved to a different location. The next court date on her schedule is June 5. Coulson stated that Lawson intends to plead not guilty and emphasized that the defense team will vigorously defend their client.

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