A woman from Canada was sentenced to life in jail after she plead guilty to murdering her nine-year-old helpless daughter.
Laura Coward had been arrested in Alberta, Canada, back in August of 2014, just two days following reports that Amber Lucius, her daughter, was reported as missing.
In that year, Coward’s bitter divorce from her husband and father of Amber, Duane Lucius, was just finalized. Lucius was set to take full-blown custody of his daughter.
Events of the Murder
Coward told her friends that she was going to take Amber stargazing, but instead she took her to a distant, remote location in which she gave the daughter heavy prescription pills for sleeping. Then, she set the SUV ablaze with Amber still inside.
The burnt vehicle had later been discovered by police officers who discovered a wrote written by hand right outside of the driver-side door stating: “Help me. It was an accident. Locked keys in.”
After an autopsy, young Amber is believed to have died from a combination of smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and hypothermia.
Trial and Investigation
Justice Scott Brooker, the Calgary judge who presided over the case said to the courtroom that Coward’s sentence should be a reflection of “society’s disgust and outrage.”
“Amber was completely vulnerable to and trusting of her mother,” he mentioned. “It was the ultimate betrayal and breach of trust for Ms. Coward to kill her daughter.”
Coward is going to be eligible for a parole hearing in only 18 years.
After the sentencing, Lucius released his own statement saying: “Since the moment Amber was born, she was the light of my life. She was energetic, talkative and full of joy. I will never get to watch my daughter grow up, but I know she would have done great in life.
“No sentence will do justice for what has happened to Amber. As a father, I have had to bury my child and nothing will bring her back. I can only hope that other children are not being used as bargaining chips in a divorce or used to hurt the other parent.
“Amber was my life and I will miss her every day until my end. I will never forget her.”