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After an Australian was convicted of killing her four children ... Scientists discover a startling innocence evidence for her


The "Washington Post" newspaper reported that 90 scholars from several countries have confirmed the innocence of an Australian woman, who was previously convicted of killing her four children, to serve her with a 40-year prison sentence.



Kathleen Vollbig has now spent 18 years in prison, but scientific evidence, which has emerged recently, indicates that she may not have been involved in what happened.



Genomic tests showed that at least two of her children likely died due to a previously undiscovered genetic mutation that led to heart complications, called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which describes the condition of children who die suddenly from unexplained causes, which means that they may be You have entered prison unjustly.



The Australian woman's jury had previously convicted the woman of killing 4 of her children and sentenced her to 40 years in prison for premeditated murder, but 90 Australian scientists have proven her innocence.



In a petition demanding pardon and release of the 53-year-old, 90 scientists said her four children died of natural causes.



"Kathleen suffered psychological trauma and physical abuse in custody, and her suffering continues, because the justice system failed her," said the petition, which was sent to the governor of New South Wales in March 2021.



Among the signatories of the petition are two Nobel Prize winners, and the signatories to the document hail from 9 countries, including Australia and America.



Kathleen has always insisted that she did not kill her children, while the prosecution relied in her trial to a large extent on circumstantial evidence, including the occurrence of four deaths within the same family, which could not be a coincidence.


One of the central pieces of evidence in the case was her personal diary, in which she wrote that her daughter Sarah "passed away from life, with a little help."



In 2018, Catherine's lawyers asked geneticists to look into the case, as scientists created the genomic sequences for her and her children, and discovered that she and her daughters had a rare mutation in a gene called CALM2. The petition pointed out that the mutation could cause sudden death in infancy and childhood.



In a study conducted last year, a team of researchers concluded that the mutation had disturbed the heart rhythms of the two girls, Sarah and Laura, which gave a "reasonable explanation" for their deaths.


 

By continuing the research and study, scientists found that the two children, Caleb and Patrick, carried a rare genetic mutation, which experiments on mice revealed that it is associated with deaths from epileptic seizures.


For his part, child genetics specialist Joseph Gitch stressed that the evidence for the deaths of the two girls is stronger 

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