Texas Woman Accused of Sending Ricin Letters Gives Birth in Custody

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
|  Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013  |  Updated 9:50 AM CDT
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Texas Ricin Letter Suspect Gives Birth in Custody

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Actress Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson June 1, 2011. Guess Richardson has been arrested in connection with the mailing of ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo by Leslie Morris/Getty Images)

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The Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given birth prematurely to a baby boy while in custody.

Attorneys for Shannon Guess Richardson and husband Nathan said she gave birth July 4 to a boy named Brody. Shannon Richardson's attorney, Tonda Curry, said the baby faces serious medical issues due to the premature birth and remains hospitalized.

John Delk, Nathan Richardson's attorney, said the boy weighed less than 2 pounds at birth and was four months premature.

A federal affidavit alleges Shannon Richardson contacted authorities to try to implicate her husband in the ricin letters, before being arrested herself on June 7.

She's accused of sending the letters to Obama, Bloomberg and a man who heads Bloomberg's gun-control organization.

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