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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Murdering Mother Seeks Portion of Her Slain Children’s Estates


In 2008, Leatrice Brewer drowned her three children and then attempted suicide.  She has since remained in a psychiatric facility in upstate New York.

Brewer now seeks a portion of the wrongful-death settlements paid to the children’s estates by Nassau County.  The father of two of the children, Innocent Demesyeux, settled with the county last year for $250,000 after claiming social service caseworkers could have done more to save the children.  The estate of the third child received $100,000 in a settlement.

Even if Brewer were to receive a portion of these settlements, the money would go to the $1.2 million lien the state holds on her assets.  Demesyuex is adamant that Brewer should not get a share and his lawyer is confident the killer won’t profit from her crimes.

See Nicole Fuller, Dad: Killer Shouldn’t Profit from Slain Kids’ Estate, Long Island Newsday, Aug. 22, 2013.


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