Man, 36, charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of mother of 5 in Saint-Donat, Que.

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A 32-year-old woman was found dead in Saint-Donat, Que., in the Lanaudière region on Monday. (Sûreté du Québec/Facebook - image credit)
A 32-year-old woman was found dead in Saint-Donat, Que., in the Lanaudière region on Monday. (Sûreté du Québec/Facebook - image credit)

A 36-year-old-man has been charged at the Joliette courthouse with second-degree murder in the death of a 32-year-old woman in Saint-Donat, Que. The suspect appeared in court by video conference call Wednesday afternoon.

Saint-Donat is located in the Lanaudière region, about 113 kilometres north of Montreal.

The victim, a mother of five, was found dead at her home on De la Montagne Street on Monday afternoon. The man was arrested the following day.

Radio-Canada reports that the prosecutors' office says the man was the victim's partner.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Police say the woman's children, who were not with her at the time of her death, are being looked after.

This marks the 15th time a woman has been killed in the province this year.

Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press
Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

At a press briefing on Wednesday, Québec Solidaire spokesperson Manon Massé said more must be done to provide resources for people in domestic abuse situations.

The Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques MNA called on the minister responsible for the status of women to address shelters that have been overburdened in the past year.

"I am ready to sit down with you to see how we will improve this social safety net," she said.

Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon also discussed the incident on Wednesday, saying that the 15 women who died this year are "15 women too many."

He asked that a follow-up be done on the additional funding announced earlier this year, namely to know whether the sum had been deployed "on the ground."

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