'Evil' mum drugged 9-year-old daughter then burned her alive during bitter custody battle with ex-husband

A mother who drugged her nine-year-old daughter and then burned her alive following an acrimonious custody battle has been jailed for life.

Laura Coward told friends she was taking her daughter Amber Lucius stargazing, days after her divorce from Amber’s father Duane Lucius had been finalised.

But instead she drove the little girl to a remote location 60 miles north of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, and slipped her prescription sleeping pills.

With Amber unconscious Coward set fire to her SUV with her daughter inside.

A post mortem found Amber died of a combination of hypothermia, smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide

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