Judge Sentences Mother To Death After Discovering What She Did To Her Children Judge Sentences Mother To Death After Discovering What She Did To Her Children
An Alabama judge who sentenced a Mobile County woman to death Thursday made her the first woman in the county ever to be sent to... Judge Sentences Mother To Death After Discovering What She Did To Her Children

An Alabama judge who sentenced a Mobile County woman to death Thursday made her the first woman in the county ever to be sent to death row. 

Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Roderick P. Stout followed a jury’s sentencing recommendation and sentenced Heather Leavell-Keaton to die by lethal injection, AL.com reports. 

A jury convicted Leavell-Keaton in May for the 2010 deaths of her common-law husband’s two children.

 

The jury found that Leavell-Keaton intentionally killed John DeBlase’s 3-year-old son, Chase DeBlase, and that she had recklessly caused the death of the boy’s 4-year-old sister, Natalie DeBlase. 

John DeBlase was convicted in 2014 on multiple counts of capital murder in the children’s deaths and also sent to death row. 

Prosecutors alleged that Leavell-Keaton cooked anti-freeze into the children’s food. They said Natalie was also choked to death in March 2010 after having been bound with duct tape, placed in a suitcase, and then shut in a closet for 12 hours. Her body was found in the woods in the city of Citronelle. 


 

Chase was killed in June 2010, according to prosecutors. He too was choked to death, according to courtroom testimony.

It was also said the boy was duct taped to a broom handle and made to stand in a corner of the couple’s bedroom overnight. His body was found in a wooded area in Mississippi. 

At the sentencing portion of Leavell-Keaton’s trial in June, the jury voted 11 to 1 to sentence her to death, with a lone juror recommending life in prison without parole. 

“A death penalty verdict is never personally gratifying,” Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said at the time, according to AL.com 

“A death penalty verdict was appropriate in this case and the jury did what was appropriate given the heinous, atrocious and cruel acts committed against Chase DeBlase and Natalie DeBlase,” she added. 

Stout seemed to agree Thursday when he said Leavell-Keaton had failed to protect the children form “needless suffering and death and unexplainable malice.”

Leavell-Keaton’s attorney, Greg Hughes, argued prior to sentencing that his client should be spared the death penalty.

He claimed his client had come from a dysfunctional family, struggled with bipolar disorder, and lived with partial blindness, but “she’s a spiritual person now.”

“She’s into reading the Bible and writing songs and poems and she keeps to herself,” Hughes told the judge. “She’s not going to be someone causing problems.”

In the past 100 years, more than 40 women have been executed in the U.S., with 15 being executed since 1976, according to Death Penalty Information Center.

Fifty-seven women were on death row as of Oct. 1, 2014. That constitutes roughly 1.88 percent of the total death row population. 

Sources: AL.com (2)

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  • Tina Neal

    2017-02-06 #1 Author

    All I can say is god give the family strength of there love ones the children that they lost. Ppl are so cruel these days but I guess they forget that there is a god he will have the last say she will be punished Jesus will see to it only he can

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  • Marina

    2017-02-06 #2 Author

    What I will never understand is how anyone can harm a child.First where is her family? how did they not notice the first baby missing? Before things like this happen why not give the kids up

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  • Kendraaa

    2017-02-06 #3 Author

    I don’t understand how someone could hurt a child ! So sad

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  • Mia Matthews

    2017-02-06 #4 Author

    Wow I live in this county so sad! Don’t understand how someone could do something so sad to precious children they are in a better place now

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  • De’Shawn

    2017-02-06 #5 Author

    I couldn’t imagine harming my son. He is my world. A child is a blessing

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  • Ryshaya

    2017-02-06 #6 Author

    Who in there right mind could kill there babies
    I love my kids so much
    I think that death row is a great idea for a person that can kill another human being they should deserve to be here in this world either so they both should be punished don’t have kids if you don’t want them !

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  • Tay Williams

    2017-02-06 #7 Author

    Smh some people don’t deserve kids

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  • Kiea

    2017-02-06 #8 Author

    Oh my God that’s just crazy she didn’t have to do that to them kids she should have just have them up if she was unfit that’s crazy some people just shouldn’t have kiss

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  • Crystal Keelen

    2017-02-06 #9 Author

    This is so sad and sick. What kind of human could harm such helpless souls. How could you live with yourself after committing such heinous crimes. May those beautiful babies rest in peace and she got just what she deserved.

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  • Brittney

    2017-02-06 #10 Author

    I just don’t understand how someone could do that to there child

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  • Dashalome pennington

    2017-02-06 #11 Author

    This is so sad , Poor children weren’t even able to grow and experience life . I couldn’t imagine hurting my child ,Let alone anyone else’s children. They are our future.

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  • Dasha pennington

    2017-02-06 #12 Author

    This is so sad , Poor children weren’t even able to grow and experience life . I couldn’t imagine hurting my child ,Let alone anyone else’s children. They are our future.

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  • Natikaaa

    2017-02-06 #13 Author

    So sad. Smhhhhh.

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  • DeJa Jennings

    2017-02-06 #14 Author

    I will never understand and be able to accept a mother harming their own child, this breaks my heart.

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  • DeJa Jennings

    2017-02-06 #15 Author

    This breaks my heart.

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  • DeAsia

    2017-02-06 #16 Author

    This lady is crazy she getting what she deserves . How could you do this to those innocent babies smh

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  • DeAsia

    2017-02-06 #17 Author

    This is so sad . I wish these babies didn’t have to go through this . Some people just should be blessed to be in a child life. I really hurt for them ; it’s sad .

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  • Alisha Dennis

    2017-02-07 #18 Author

    Smh how you could hurt an innocent soul 😓

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  • mona lee

    2017-02-07 #19 Author

    As a mother can’t see what would bring a person to do something so terrible when there so many resources out here and people who will love and take care of the kids as their own

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  • LeErica

    2017-02-07 #20 Author

    I don’t understand how someone can hurt a innocent child .

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  • Marlisha

    2017-02-07 #21 Author

    Omg this is so sad , this woman is getting everything she dereves. None of her children should’ve went through this at all

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  • Tiara

    2017-02-07 #22 Author

    Yes! Death row. That’s very foul of her. I can’t even imagine doing anything like this. This hurts my heart.

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  • Lawrencia Agyeman

    2017-02-07 #23 Author

    She got what she deserves for killing such innocent babies.

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  • Constance

    2017-02-07 #24 Author

    So sad….how on this earth, may the children rest In perfect peace

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  • Angel

    2017-02-07 #25 Author

    I can’t believe this women. Disgusted in every wag.

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  • Shay

    2017-02-07 #26 Author

    That’s Ridiculous. I wouldn’t dare do that to my child . Or antibodies children.

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  • CraNeshia McCowan

    2017-02-07 #27 Author

    Tragic I could never ever imagine doing such horrible things to my children when wow 😳

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  • Mark fay

    2017-02-07 #28 Author

    This shit is sickening

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  • Jatavya wright

    2017-02-08 #29 Author

    How could u hurt a child smh

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  • Kaicee Turner

    2017-02-08 #30 Author

    I hate this happen to them , this lady is out of her mind

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  • Lashon

    2017-02-08 #31 Author

    Wow. This is really terrible !!!!

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  • Nasi

    2017-02-08 #32 Author

    Sad case. Kids are special gifts from God, and we should love, cherish and protect them ♥️

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  • Kennyatta Davis

    2017-02-10 #33 Author

    I don’t know how you can hurt or kill harmless kids!! It’s sad that she didn’t have a good enough reason for doing it!

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