|Bonita Purtill, right, outside the Oxford County Court House with a family member. (HEATHER RIVERS/QMI AGENCY)
WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Bonita Purtill has been convicted of six charges after she drove drunk and killed a four-month-old boy in 2008.
The verdict, which came after 3 1/2 hours of jury deliberations, was a relief for the mother of Alexander Fleming.
“I’m thrilled. That was way more than I anticipated,” Mary Rodrigues said Friday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I’m shaken and in shock.
“I just miss my baby.”
Purtill pleaded not guilty to impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the Oct. 13, 2008 death of Fleming.
The 48-year-old London, Ont., woman will remain in custody at the request of assistant Crown attorney Steve Guiler due to the possible risk of flight prior to sentencing.
Guiler said he hoped the family would “finally have a sense that justice was served” for their infant son with Purtill’s conviction.
“I’m just happy finally the trial is over for the family. It’s been a long haul,” he said. “Nothing can bring Alexander back, but hopefully they can move forward.”
Woodstock police Chief Rod Freeman also said he was “thrilled” with the guilty verdict.
“If this isn’t a case that drives home the dangers and tragedy of impaired driving, then I don’t know what would,” he said.
Purtill’s is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 7, where a date will be set for sentencing.