In late September, an appellate court in Texas overturned their mother’s 2007 conviction in the salt poisoning death of Andrew Burd, a 4-year-old boy whom Hannah Overton and her husband Larry were trying to adopt. After Overton’s six years in prison, she and her family rejoiced at the prospect of finally being reunited. But it has been eight weeks since the higher court ruling, there has yet to be a reunion, and family and friends of the 37-year-old mother are left wondering why she is still behind bars.
“Now, well into November, we still wait once again for someone with authority to act rationally,” said Rod Carver, the Overton family’s pastor. “I put our people on red alert more than five times preparing to receive Hannah out of incarceration. It’s my opinion that this is not about Hannah or Andrew, it’s about a power struggle and an image issue with the forces that be.”