Suspect in ricin case gives birth to boy born 4 months early

July 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

TEXARKANA, Texas, July 24 (UPI) -- A Texas woman charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama gave birth to a boy born four months early, her husband's attorney said.

Shannon Richardson is being held in a federal detention center and had the baby in Longview Regional Hospital July 4, the Texarkana Gazette reported Tuesday. John Delk, a Texarkana lawyer, said the boy weighed less than 2 pounds and was transferred quickly to another hospital.

Richardson, of New Boston, Texas, allegedly sent letters containing ricin, a dangerous toxin, to Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of a gun control group. She originally tried to blame her husband, who has not been charged.

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