A woman who gave her son a lethal dose of her methadone to
cure a sore stomach been jailed for four years and 11 months.
Claudine Michelle Herewini, 42, appeared in the High Court at
Wanganui before Justice Ron Young this morning after earlier
pleading guilty to the manslaughter of her 9-year-old son,
Antony Christensen, by administering the class B drug
He died in Raetihi on December 7, 2012.
After Herewini had given Antony the methadone he felt ill and
called an ambulance.
He was checked by St John staff but they left, unaware he had
been given methadone.
Antony later died in his sleep.
The court was told Herewini was deeply depressed at the time
and had a long history of depression and drug and alcohol
abuse which all played a part in her actions.