Andrew Burd

Andrew Burd  Andrew Axel Burd   

4-year-old boy, in foster to adoption placement with Larry and Hannah Overton, was forced to drink a mixture of water and Cajun spices as punishment. The Overtons waited nearly three hours before taking the boy to an urgent care clinic as he vomited and drifted in and out of consciousness. When they arrived, Andrew was no longer breathing. A day later he died -- 4 months after his placement with the Overtons. Andrew Axel Burd died of hypernatremia or salt poisoning. Andrew consumed the equivalent of 23 teaspoons of Zatarain's Creole Seasoning or 6 teaspoons of pure salt. He also had head trauma as well as bruises and scratches.

Hannah Overton (nee Saenz) was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life; Larry Overton pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and is on 5 years probation.

Mrs Overton and her church, Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands, continue to appeal her conviction in various ways. She maintains that Andrew ate the salt himself, however Andrew's former foster mother, who attended the same church testified she had not seen any pica or eating issues with Andrew during the 18 months he was in her home. (In an unusual coincidence, Hannah's father Bennie Saenz, a former Calvary Chapel pastor, was convicted of murder in 1985.) Overtons homeschooled their school age children. They had 4 bio children and Hannah was 6 months pregnant when Andrew died.

Hannah Overton was released from prison in December 2014. The case was dismissed in April 2015.
Date: 2006-10-02
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Organizations: Spaulding for Children

Post placement

Organizations: Spaulding for Children
Persons: Ana Billeaux


Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
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Capital murder case dismissed against Hannah Overton2015-04-19
Texas Mother of 5 Released After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder2014-12-16
Texas mother's murder conviction overturned in salt poison case 2014-09-18
Mom Convicted of Salt Poisoning Death Accuses Prosecutor of Misconduct, Awaits New Court Decision2012-09-07
Judge rejects claims in salt-poisoning case2012-06-01
Appeal: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law2012-05-31
Overton Hearing Expected to Wrap Up Monday2012-04-30
Former Nueces County District Attorney takes stand in Overton case2012-04-25
Fernandez Takes the Stand in Day Five of Overton Hearing2012-03-10
Hannah and Andrew (Detailed account from the Overton perspective)2012-01-01
Family Fights to Overturn Mom's Salt Poisoning Conviction2010-02-18
Prayer provides hope after murder conviction2009-01-10
Prayer provides hope after murder conviction [duplicate to delete]2009-01-10
Exclusive: Mom Accused of Murder Speaks Out 2008-10-24
Reactions to the Verdict in the Larry Overton Trial2008-03-11
Unknown ingredient2008-02-23
Reaction to Overton Decision2007-11-20
Larry Overton's trial postponed 2007-09-24
Murder by Cajun seasoning?2007-09-23
Hannah Overton convicted of killing foster son2007-09-08
Sunday school teachers describe 4-year-old Andrew Burd2007-09-01
Jurors view pictures of dead boy's injuries2007-08-28
Trial begins for murder of 4-year-old2007-08-22
Opening statements in Overton trial2007-08-21
Overtons to be tried separately in death of boy, 42007-04-21
Fixing foster care in the state of Texas2007-03-20
State won't seek death2007-02-23
No death decision made yet2007-02-17
Overton couple pleads not guilty in 4-year-old's death2007-02-15
Baby to live with parents accused of murder2007-02-08
Overtons' newborn living with grandparents as case pending2007-01-26
Death of 4-year-old boy a homicide, officials rule2006-11-21
Foster parent accused in boy's death is released on lower bond2006-10-27
Bond lowered for man charged in toddler's death2006-10-26
Children may stay with kin2006-10-21
Foster parents charged in death of 4-year-old boy2006-10-14
Biological family not notified about child's death, investigation continues2006-10-07
Police: Boy, 4, choked to death on spiced water2006-10-07


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