A Houston, Texas mother was convicted Thursday of capital murder for burying her 2-month-old son alive.
Narjes Modarresi, 32, used a spoon to dig a shallow grave for her second son, Masih, in the Buffalo Bayou on April 21, 2010, the Houston Chronicle reports. She placed him facedown in the hole and buried him, covering the grave in leaves.
Shortly after leaving the scene, Modarresi called 911 and told police, as well as her family, that the infant had been kidnapped by two men as she was walking with him to a friend’s house. Eventually, she confessed that this was a lie and led the officers to the body.
Her estranged husband Amir Golabbakhsh says he had mixed feelings about the conviction.
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"If she's really sick, if she's really mentally ill, she shouldn't spend her life in prison," notes Amir Golabbakhsh. "She's ill, but I don't know what kind of illness she might have. I don't know. But I know she's sick.
"I can't believe what she has done.”
Golabbakhsh, who has custody over the couple’s 7-year-old first son, wedded his wife via an arranged marriage in their native Iran. He says that Modarresi's family ignored her mental health problems since she was a teenager.
"Maybe we would have decided not to get married at all," he said. "Maybe none of this would have ever happened."
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Modarresi’s legal team plans to appeal the decision, having fought for a lesser charge. Their argument that she has bipolar disorder and, consequently, had no “intent to kill” did not hold up in the courtroom.
"This is not an insanity defense," specified defense attorney George Parnham. "But if you've got a reasonable doubt about 'specific intent' then you have to resolve that in favor of Narjes Modarresi and vote not guilty."
But the prosecution decided that the murder was premeditated.
"She thought about it, she planned it, she did it and then she lied about it," said Assistant District Attorney Donna Logan. "Having bipolar disease is not a free pass to commit murder."
Sources: Houston Chronicle