Prosecutors brought a Cobb County couple’s case before a grand jury last week to expand upon the already serious charges, exposing new details.
Erica Claudette White and Michael Robert Schullerman were already contending with murder charges in the poisoning her disabled 2-year-old son. Authorities say that after killing him the couple took out several credit cards in the dead boy's name by falsifying information.
According to the indictment, they gave him a lethal dose of codeine in November 2014.
As a possible alibi, the indictment said, they went on a date to a Powder Springs gun range while White’s adult daughter and her husband babysat the boy, unknowingly watching him deteriorate. They called 911 when he stopped breathing. He died at a hospital.
Authorities claim White and Schullerman did all this to get a life free from caring for a boy left blind and severely brain-damaged by his father’s beatings as a newborn. Schullerman wasn’t the father.
The 13-count indictment said the suspects got the credit cards to fund a drug habit.
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