A Houston mother is accused of killing her 6-year-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in order to collect his life insurance money, a report said.
Ashley Marks, 25, was busted Wednesday for the June 2020 overdose death of her son, Jason Sanchez- Marks, and charged with capital murder, KHOU 11 reported.
“I believe she poisoned her child to cash in on two life insurance policies she took out on her son a month prior to his death,” Gilbert Sawtelle, a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said, according to the report.
Marks, a licensed insurance agent in Texas, allegedly fed her son a lethal dose of methamphetamine and multiple over-the-counter drugs, prosecutors said.
Soon before his death, the boy and his 4-year-old sister had been living with their grandfather after they were diagnosed with tuberculosis. The mother would visit to give them medicine, which his sister refused to take, according to the report.
“The grandfather said he repeatedly contacted the mother over a two-day period notifying her that the 6-year-old child was ill, but neither the mother nor grandfather sought medical attention for the 6-year-old as the child’s condition worsened,” according to a Child Protective Services report obtained by the outlet.
The boy was then found by grandfather unresponsive on June 27.
The grandfather called the police, but by the time they arrived, the child was dead.
Ashley Marks was denied bail at her Thursday arraignment.