The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the murder and child abuse convictions of a mother found guilty of snapping her son's spine.
The high court unanimously rejected arguments by Adrianna Lucero — who claims her boyfriend caused the child's fatal injuries — that her defense attorney was ineffective because he failed to present expert testimony on Battered Woman's Syndrome at her trial. She also argued in an appeal that the trial judge should not have allowed evidence of prior child abuse admitted as evidence.
Alejandro Lucero, who was about to turn 2, died on Aug. 24, 2008, at the Kearns house where his mother's boyfriend rented a room. Prosecutors claimed the boy's back was bent backwards, which snapped his spine and pulled apart his aorta.