Closing the book on a horrific tale

Last November, I discussed the story of Haleigh Poutre, an 11-year-old girl who was clinging to life after a severe beating — allegedly at the hands of her stepfather and adoptive mother. Doctors said she was brain dead and they wanted to end her life support. Her stepfather’s attorney fought it like hell. Officially, he was hoping for her recovery. The far more likely conclusion was that he didn’t want his assault charge upgraded to murder.

They fought it all the way to the state’s Supreme Court — and the court finally ruled against him.

The state now has the authority to remove Haleigh’s feeding and respirator tubes, and I sincerely hope the little girl will finally find the peace she was denied in her too-short life.

And I hope Jason Strickland burns in hell.

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