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The 56-year-old Saskatchewan farmer was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for the carbon monoxide slaying of his daughter Tracy, 12, who suffered from cerebral palsy. His original sentence of only one year in jail was overturned by an appeals court.
Tracy Latimer was born a quadriplegic with brain damage and endured multiple operations and acute pain, the Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.
Latimer told police he did it. He said he loved his daughter and could not bear to watch her suffer from a severe form of cerebral palsy. So he placed her in the cab of his Chevy pickup, ran a hose from the exhaust to the cab, climbed into the box of the truck, sat on a tire and watched her die.
Tracy was a 40-pound quadriplegic, a 12-year-old who functioned at the level of a three-month-old. She had been repeatedly operated on and at the time of her murder was due for more surgery, this time to remove a thigh bone. She could not walk, talk or feed herself, though she responded to affection and occasionally smiled. Tracy was in constant, excruciating pain yet, for reasons not entirely clear, could not be treated with a painkiller stronger than Tylenol.
Why was he in a position where he had to take matters into his own hands in the first place. He should have been able to walk into any hospital and have her put down humanely. People will put down dogs more humanely than humans. It makes no sense.
Originally posted by silo13
He is either very courageous and truly loved her - or - has pulled a fast one on us all.
I hope it isn’t the later, and, I hope he can find peace.