Mother Poisons Daughter Fearing No One Will Care For Her

Bonnie Liltz suffered from ovarian cancer and was unable to have children of her own. So, she adopted Courtney, who is severely disabled, when she was five years old, after Courtney’s first adoptive parents surrendered her. According to the Chicago Tribune, Liltz appeared to be a devoted mother to Courtney, caring for the girl twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Liltz explained, “In all ways but biological, I was Courtney’s mother. I fed her, I dressed her, and I loved her.”

Yet, on May 27, 2015, Liltz woke up early in the morning convinced that she was dying. She was worried that if she died, Courtney would be placed in an institution that had poorly cared for her when Liltz had previously been hospitalized. So, Liltz wrote a suicide note before pushing a lethal amount of medication into Courtney’s feeding tube and ingesting the same amount of drugs herself.

Liltz stated, “I felt the only place she would be safe would be in heaven with me." Her sister found the unconscious pair after unsuccessfully trying to get a hold of Liltz.

A week later, Courtney died in the hospital. Liltz was charged with first-degree murder but plead guilty to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. She is set to be sentenced this week. In addition, prosecutors recommended that she receive four years probation in connection with mental health treatment. She also faces a sentence of up to fourteen years in prison for her actions.

On the other hand, Bonnie’s advocates argue that “missing Courtney every day” is punishment enough for the 56-year-old. Bonnie says she wishes she could "turn back the clock." Her father calls what she did “an act of love." Liltz added, “I have a pain inside that is beyond words. I pray every day that someday we will be together again.”

Photo: Chicago Tribune

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