Alleged Ricin Sender Gives Birth in Custody

Shannon Richardson has premature baby
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
In this undated file photo, actress Shannon Richardson poses for a photo in Texarkana, Texas.   (AP Photo/Texarkana Gazette)

(Newser) – The Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Michael Bloomberg has given birth prematurely to a baby boy while in custody. Attorneys for actress Shannon Guess Richardson and husband Nathan say she gave birth July 4 to a boy named Brody. Shannon Richardson's attorney says the baby faces serious medical issues due to the premature birth and remains hospitalized. Nathan Richardson's attorney says the boy weighed less than 2 pounds at birth and was four months premature. (Read more Shannon Richardson stories.)

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