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Kathleen Folbigg appears via video link during a convictions inquiry at the NSW Coroners Court in Sydney, Australia on May 1, 2019. Nearly two decades after Folbigg was convicted of killing her four children, dozens of scientists are backing the claim that they may have died of natural causes. Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP

  • An Australian woman convicted of killing her four children is seeking a pardon.
     
  • Kathleen Folbigg says all four of her children died of natural causes in the 1980s and 1990s. 
  • More than 90 scientists have signed her petition asking for a pardon. 
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Nearly two decades after an Australian woman who was convicted of killing her four young children, she's asking for a pardon.

Kathleen Folbigg was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she was convicted on three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in 2003.

Prosecutors say Folbigg smothered all four of her children in separate incidents spanning the 1980s and 1990s.

But Folbigg has argued that her children died of natural causes, and 90 scientists, medical practitioners and other related professionals have signed her petition to the New South Wales state governor asking for a pardon, the Associated Press reported.

Folbigg was the first person on scene at each of her children's deaths.

Her first child, Caleb, died at 19 days old in 1989. Her second, Patrick, died at eight months old in 1991. Her third, Sarah, died at 10 months old in 1993. Her fourth, Laura, died at 19 months old in 1999.

But Folbigg said natural causes can explain each death — she said Laura had myocarditis, a potentially fatal inflammation of a heart wall; Patrick had epilepsy and he died after his airway became obstructed due to an infection and a seizure; and Caleb and Sarah's deaths were a result of sudden death syndrome.

Further research last year found that Folbigg's daughters had a genetic mutation that causes abnormal heartbeats, and that Patrick had a variant of the gene, AP reported.

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A labor nurse and dedicated mother of three from New Jersey, with Massachusetts ties, died following a fearless battle with cancer on Monday, Sept. 19. She was 35.

Born in Norwood, MA, Kristin Trail grew up in Abington and spent time in Boston, Virginia, and Key West before settling in Augusta in 2018, her obituary says.

Kristin attended American University and George Washington University in Washington DC, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in both health promotions and nursing, according to her memorial.

Kristin was incredibly devoted during her long career as a Registered Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Department of Morristown Medical Center.

She also held membership in both the National Honors Society and the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, her memorial says.

Above all, however, Kristin embraced her role as a caring and gracious mother to her three young children, Grayson J., Landon T., and Aubree M. Trail.

She continued to love spending time playing with her children and cooking for her family even after her cancer diagnosis in May 2020, she said in an emotional yet upbeat Facebook post as she announced the difficult news.

“No matter what you’re going through, don’t give up,” she wrote. “No matter how big or how small your problems might be, don’t let them define you…hopefully, through my story and my journey, you can find some inspiration to keep going.”

In addition to her children, Kristin leaves behind her loving husband, Jesse J. Trail; her parents, Coleman W. and Dorene M. (Loscocco) Earner Jr.; her brothers, Stephen N. Earner and Keith C. and his wife Jennifer Earner; her maternal grandparents, Nicholas and Elinore Loscocco; her paternal grandmother Charlotte A. Earner; her father and mother-in-law, Ricky L. and Deborah S. Trail; as well as several extended family members and close friends whose lives she has forever impacted with her strength, courage, and endless positivity.

Meanwhile, nearly $9,400 had been raised on a GoFundMe for Kristin’s memorial and her children’s education.

“Kristin fought harder than anyone could imagine,” reads the fundraiser. “Throughout her treatments, surgeries, and procedures, Kristin always put her family and friends first.”

Click here to view/donate to the Kristin Trail Memorial Fund on GoFundMe.

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