NY woman who admitted killing 3 kids seeks money

MINEOLA — A mentally disturbed suburban New York woman who drowned her three young children in a bathtub in 2008 wants a cut of $350,000 in wrongful death settlements obtained by the children’s fathers, attorneys said Friday.

Leatrice Brewer, 33, was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect in the deaths of her children, so her attorneys say she should not be subject to laws that bar convicts from profiting from their crimes.

“Until Leatrice Brewer is disqualified, she is entitled to a share,” attorney Peter Kelly said in Nassau County surrogate’s court, where Judge Edward McCarty scheduled a series of hearings to examine the issue. Brewer, who is being treated at an upstate New York psychiatric hospital, did not attend the proceeding, but Kelly asked that she be brought to future hearings.

Although the case would establish a precedent in New York if Brewer succeeds, she is not expected to actually see any money because of a $1.2 million lien against her for psychiatric counseling and other services she has received since her arrest, attorneys said.

New York’s “Son of Sam Law,” amended in 2001, was designed to prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes, including “income generated as a result of having committed the crime.” McCarty noted the unique aspect of the Brewer case is that she has not been convicted ...

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