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Mother who murdered severely disabled daughter found dead

A Chicago woman, who killed her severely disabled daughter with a medication overdose earlier in 2015, was confirmed dead on Saturday, according to authorities. Apparently, Bonnie Liltz committed suicide, investigators stated the day after.

Liltz was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her adult daughter, Courtney Liltz, who was severely disabled. Bonnie Liltz herself had ovarian cancer when she was 19, which became recurring. She met Courtney at a volunteering event and later adopted her since Bonnie was unable to have her own children.

After a long time of taking impeccable care of the disabled girl, Bonnie injected her with a fatal dose of the prescription drug in 2015. She has also injected the same medication to herself, but survived in the hospital, unlike Courtney.

Lilitz explained her actions by saying that she feared for her 28-year-old daughter’s fate when her own health started to deteriorate. Liltz was also terminally ill and her intestines could fail anytime. She had once left Courtney in a state-run institution because of a medical procedure, and the fear of having to do it again drove her to make the lethal decision.

In 2016, Liltz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison, with a comment from the judge, “The choice you made that morning was not an act of love. It was a crime.” The sentence was later negotiated to probation and therapy. Although Liltz was released on bond, her appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court was rejected. According to the records, Liltz died at the Cook County medical examiner’s office, after the county judge had ordered her to return to prison. Authorities believe her death was a suicide.

Bonnie Liltz’ mother, 89-year-old Gladys Liltz said, “She’s at peace now, in heaven with her daughter. That’s all she ever wanted, was to be with Courtney.”  

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