Mother admits poisoning and burning nine-year-old daughter to death

A Canadian woman who murdered her nine-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 18 years.

Laura Coward confessed to the second degree murder of Amber Lucius in a Calgary court last month.

A jury heard how she said she was taking the child stargazing following a bitter divorce from the girl’s father in which he won full custody. She then drove Amber to a remote Alberta location 60 miles north of Calgary, drugged her with sleeping pills and set fire to her car with her daughter inside. 

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