A 34-year-old Michigan woman put her hand over her mouth and stared at the jury after the foreman announced she was guilty of murdering her son. Elizabeth Long faces up to life in prison after she was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse in the death of 16-month-old Lukas. A jury of 12 reached its verdict in about an hour and 20 minutes of deliberations. Long will be sentenced April 14 in Circuit Judge Michael West’s courtroom.
During Long’s trial, which spanned about two weeks, investigators, medical experts and family testified about the day Lukas died and Long’s behavior in the months and years leading up to that day. Lukas was found dead Jan. 29, 2015, at his home. Investigators said he died of an overdose of diphenhydramine, or Benadryl. The 16-month-old had at least 10 times the amount of Benadryl in his system that a normal dose would produce. Prosecution estimated Lukas consumed about a quarter of a bottle of Benadryl. Testifying in her own defense, Long said she gave Lukas a chewable Motrin and a teaspoon of Benadryl in his bottle the morning of Jan. 29, 2015. Long tested positive for hydrocodone and morphine the day Lukas died. She was not prescribed morphine.