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A mother used cocaine and other substances to murder her 6-year-old son to gain insurance money.

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According to police, a Houston mother has been charged with capital murder in the death of her 6-year-old boy. Ashley Marks, 25, is accused of poisoning her son, Jason Sanchez-Marks, with meth, cocaine, and other substances, resulting in his death in June 2020.

Furthermore, prosecutors believe Marks murdered the boy to obtain $100,000 in life insurance policies.

 Marks is also accused of giving her son dangerous quantities of antihistamines, including chlorpheniramine and diphenhydramine, and cough medication dextromethorphan.

According to his obituary, Jason had just finished first grade "with an impressive report card" and was looking forward to second grade when he died. Jason was identified as a young boy who enjoyed playing with his sister, visiting the Houston Zoo, and visiting the Museum of Natural Science's dinosaur exhibits.

The obituary said, "He was a smart, loving kid who loved to play with toy cars and dress up as a cowboy." "His ambitions were to work at a rodeo or as a firefighter."

According to a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services study published by KHOU, Jason and his younger sister were placed in their grandfather's care after being diagnosed with tuberculosis in April 2020.

According to the news source, Marks went to the house to give the kids medicine, but the girl declined.

According to KHOU, "the grandfather said he regularly contacted the mother over a two-day span notifying her that the 6-year-old child was sick (projectile vomiting, hallucinating, unable to sleep), but neither the mother nor the grandfather sought medical attention for the 6-year-old child as the child's condition worsened."

During a court hearing on Thursday, Marks was denied bail.