Monday, October 27, 2008
at 10:01 AM
When you first hear the story that a recently adopted boy dies in his new home after only four months time, you immediately go on alert. The timing of little Andrew Burd's death raises a red flag. There is no doubt about it.
Read moreWorse, the little boy's former foster mother, Sharon Hamil, testified that the boy was fine and never exhibited any excessive or odd eating behaviors in her care.
The hospital where Andrew Burd was taken also said they saw bruising on the little boy's body which alerted them.
That's three red flags that can't be ignored. So then you would think it was appropriate that in 2007, Hannah Overton was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Well, sadly, I completely disagree.
When I watched this case on 48 Hours, and I listened to Hannah Overton speak on the stand, I can tell you that I trust her. I believe she is 100% innocent, and I suspect that little Andrew Burd did indeed suffer from pica.
There is just a genuineness about Overton that can't be faked. There is a sincerity, and honesty that are undeniable. Overton is someone who I would call a postive person. Overton truly believed the truth would set her free, but sadly, it did not.
More than that, when you look at Overton's demeanor, she does not have any of the typical traits of a mom who would abuse her children. She is not full of anger, hate, rage, or unsteady in her emotional state. She is quite the contrary: balanced, even-keeled and loved children more than most people.
What made this case even more fascinating to me were the other players in this trial. While I don't want to name names, I will tell you there were several people who spoke against Overton whom I do not trust nor would I ever trust. They hit me as angry and mad, and completely unable to be objective. That's unfortunately how an injustice like this can and does occur.
I hope that Hannah Overton's appeal is granted. She is truly deserving to be set free.