‘ABC 20/20’ Episode Guide (Dec. 26): Mother of Five Released From Prison

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‘ABC 20/20’ Episode Guide (Dec. 26): Mother of Five Released From Prison

“20/20” (12/26/14) – This holiday season, mom and wife Hannah Overton gets to do something she has fought for and dreamed of the past seven years – holding her five kids for the first time since being sent to prison for life.

Overton spent the past seven holiday seasons in jail, serving time for the 2006 death of her son Andrew, a four-year-old foster child she was in the process of adopting with her husband Larry.

She was convicted of intentionally feeding Andrew a mixture of chili seasoning and water and then neglecting to get him medical care when he grew ill. He died of hypernatremia (salt poisoning).

Yet Hannah maintained her innocence. Her husband continued to support her, and her church community rallied around her. Her defenders say Andrew had behavioral and eating problems that caused his acute and rare illness.

Just last week, an appeals court in Texas overturned the conviction, and Overton was released from jail. “20/20” and Juju Chang have had exclusive access to the family throughout seven years of reporting, and only “20/20” cameras were rolling for the first moments she was released. But a state prosecutor is determined to re-try Overton next year for the same crime. Juju Chang’s report, “Home for the Holidays” airs on “20/20” on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The ABC News primetime news magazine “20/20” has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 36th anniversary this season, “20/20” continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer. For over three decades “20/20” has offered viewers reports and stories that have changes lives.

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