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Andrew Burd

2006 Oct 2


Spaulding for Children


post placement

Ana Billeaux
Spaulding for Children
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.


Title Publication date
Capital murder case dismissed against Hannah Overton 2015 Apr 19
Texas Mother of 5 Released After Spending Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder 2014 Dec 16
Texas mother's murder conviction overturned in salt poison case 2014 Sep 18
Mom Convicted of Salt Poisoning Death Accuses Prosecutor of Misconduct, Awaits New Court Decision 2012 Sep 7
Judge rejects claims in salt-poisoning case 2012 Jun 1
Appeal: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 2012 May 31
Overton Hearing Expected to Wrap Up Monday 2012 Apr 30
Former Nueces County District Attorney takes stand in Overton case 2012 Apr 25
Fernandez Takes the Stand in Day Five of Overton Hearing 2012 Mar 10
Hannah and Andrew (Detailed account from the Overton perspective) 2012 Jan 1
Family Fights to Overturn Mom's Salt Poisoning Conviction 2010 Feb 18
Prayer provides hope after murder conviction [duplicate to delete] 2009 Jan 10
Prayer provides hope after murder conviction 2009 Jan 10
Exclusive: Mom Accused of Murder Speaks Out 2008 Oct 24
Reactions to the Verdict in the Larry Overton Trial 2008 Mar 11
Unknown ingredient 2008 Feb 23
Reaction to Overton Decision 2007 Nov 20
Larry Overton's trial postponed 2007 Sep 24
Murder by Cajun seasoning? 2007 Sep 23
Hannah Overton convicted of killing foster son 2007 Sep 8
Sunday school teachers describe 4-year-old Andrew Burd 2007 Sep 1
Jurors view pictures of dead boy's injuries 2007 Aug 28
Trial begins for murder of 4-year-old 2007 Aug 22
Opening statements in Overton trial 2007 Aug 21
Overtons to be tried separately in death of boy, 4 2007 Apr 21
Fixing foster care in the state of Texas 2007 Mar 20
State won't seek death 2007 Feb 23
No death decision made yet 2007 Feb 17
Overton couple pleads not guilty in 4-year-old's death 2007 Feb 15
Baby to live with parents accused of murder 2007 Feb 8
Overtons' newborn living with grandparents as case pending 2007 Jan 26
Death of 4-year-old boy a homicide, officials rule 2006 Nov 21
Foster parent accused in boy's death is released on lower bond 2006 Oct 27
Bond lowered for man charged in toddler's death 2006 Oct 26
Children may stay with kin 2006 Oct 21
Foster parents charged in death of 4-year-old boy 2006 Oct 14
Police: Boy, 4, choked to death on spiced water 2006 Oct 7
Biological family not notified about child's death, investigation continues 2006 Oct 7


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