A Texas woman accused of sending the poisonous toxin ricin to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave birth behind bars earlier this month, officials said Wednesday.
Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, gave birth to a boy on July 4, some four months ahead of her due date, according to The Associated Press. The boy, named Brody, was born at just two pounds and remains hospitalized.
Richardson was arrested June 7 after she tried to implicate her husband in the three ricin letters, one of which also targeted Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A grand jury indicted Richardson less than a month after her arrest.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the letters reportedly read. “Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”
Prior to her arrest, Richardson worked as an actress and played a bit role on “The Walking Dead,” a popular television show about zombies.
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