Mum spends three years on death row after coming home to find her baby dead
Sabrina Butler-Smith, 50, from Mississippi, was branded a ‘child killer’ and had to fight other inmates in prison before she was finally exonerated of killing her son Walter.
By Matthew Dresch
Last updated: 14th August 2021
A mother spent almost three years on death row before she was finally exonerated of killing her baby son.
Sabrina Butler-Smith was just 17-years-old when she came back from a run to find her boy Walter dead in their apartment in Columbus, Mississippi. Despite insisting her innocence, prosecutors claimed she beat her child to death and a jury found her guilty of murder. It took Sabrina five years to prove her son’s injuries were likely caused by her CPR efforts and that he probably died from an pre-existing health issue. She was exonerated in 1995 but is still haunted by her time in prison, where she was branded a ‘child killer’ and had to fight other inmates.