Shannon Guess Richardson in Texas ricin case gives birth in custody

9:11 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
In this undated photo, actress Shannon Richardson poses for a photo, in Texarkana, Texas. (AP Photo/Texarkana Gazette)
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DALLAS (AP) - 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 say she gave birth July 4 to a boy named Brody. Shannon Richardson's attorney, Tonda Curry, says the baby faces serious medical issues due to the premature birth and remains hospitalized.

See also: Texas actress charged in Obama ricin threat 

John Delk, Nathan Richardson's attorney, says 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.

See also: Texas couple blames each other for Ricin-laced letters

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

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