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A NURSE who murdered her two children was executed yesterday - and her last words were: "I love you, my babies."

Before she died, Christina Marie Riggs Christina Marie Riggs (1971 – May 2, 2000) was a murderer executed in Arkansas by lethal injection. She was convicted of the November 4, 1997 murder of her two preschool-aged children, Justin and Shelby Alexis Riggs in their beds at the family's Sherwood, Arkansas home. , who had begged for the death sentence, also said: "Now I can be with my babies as I always intended."

She was the first woman to be executed in Arkansas for more than 150 years and the fifth in the US since capital punishment capital punishment, imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History

Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi.
 returned in 1976.

Riggs had insisted throughout that she wanted to die. She withdrew all appeals and refused to seek clemency Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner.

Clemency is considered to be an act of grace.
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The attorney general's office said if Riggs, 28, had changed her mind at any time, the governor's office would have granted her a reprieve.

Her lawyer, John Hall, said: "All she had to do was ask. She wouldn't ask."

A group of 60 people protested against the execution - waving placards in front of the governor's mansion in Little Rock.

As it was, the 19-stone woman's execution was delayed for 18 minutes when jail staff at Varner couldn't find a suitable vein in her elbows. She agreed to have the needles in her wrists.

Riggs wept just before the sentence was carried out. She said: "No words can express how sorry I am for taking the lives of my babies."

Just a few hours earlier, she had her last meal - a pizza with salad, strawberry shortcake and limeade lime·ade  
A sweetened beverage of lime juice and plain or carbonated water.

Noun 1. limeade - sweetened beverage of lime juice and water
ade, fruit drink - a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
. Riggs told prison bosses that she intended to use potassium chloride potassium chloride, chemical compound, KCl, a colorless or white, cubic, crystalline compound that closely resembles common salt (sodium chloride). It is soluble in water, alcohol, and alkalies.  in her lethal injection.

That was the same heart-stopping drug she intended to use to kill her children, Justin, five, and Shelby Alexis, two, in 1997.

In the end, she smothered smoth·er  
v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
a. To suffocate (another).

b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.

 them and then took 28 anti-depressant tablets, intending to commit suicide.

The children were found dead and she was found on the floor beside them.

At her 1998 trial, Riggs pleaded with the jury to give her the death penalty, saying: "I want to be with my babies."
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Author:Moore, Ron
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 4, 2000
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