A Maryland mother was found guilty of fatally poisoning her 5-year-old son with cold medicine and then destroying his body by setting a car on fire with his remains inside, People magazine reported.
Narges Shafeirad, 35, was motivated out of spite while in the middle of a divorce with the boy’s father, Hamid Dana, according to prosecutors, and jealous of his relationship with their nanny.
She allegedly told Dana “I will make you cry. You will be sorry,” shortly before she killed their son, Daniel.
On June 15, 2015, Shafeirad forced Daniel to drink more than an entire bottle of cold medicine containing diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, every two to four hours until his death. He ended up consuming enough cold medicine to kill nearly two adults.
Investigators found bruising and scrapes around the boy’s mouth, suggesting that his mother force-fed the medicine to him.
Shafeirad then placed his body in the backseat of a car that she borrowed from a friend and set the car on fire. Police found her next to the car, badly burnt and screaming, with the car’s doors locked.
She claimed that she and her son had been planning to go to the beach and she had packed extra gasoline in case they couldn’t find a gas station along the way, and that the gas made the car explode when she lit a cigarette.
Police quickly ruled this an arson.
“I was a broken woman,” Shafeirad claimed in court when she spoke before the sentencing. “I am still not able to believe that I have lost my son.”
But the judge noted that Shafeirad did not show much emotion in court, according to The Washington Post.
[Image: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office]