A judge Thursday spared Maria DeSillers a jail sentence for contempt of court, ruling she could not be ordered to surrender records and items bought with donations for her late son Ronnie's liver transplant.
Dade Circuit Judge Francis Christie said surrendering the items "would tend to incriminate her" in parallel criminal investigations.DeSillers only smiled slightly as the judge made the annoncement.
"I'm very happy. People have forgotten what Ronnie went through," she said outside the courtroom.
Ronnie, 7, died in April 1987 while awaiting a fourth transplant at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The hearing was to determine if DeSillers should be jailed for her failure to turn over financial records and surrender jewelry, clothes, furniture and other items she bought with some of the $690,000 donated for her son's unsuccessful operations.