Montreal mother found not criminally responsible after stabbing 2 daughters, killing 1

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A 35-year-old mother stabbed her two young daughters in an apartment in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood on April, 25, 2020.  (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)
A 35-year-old mother stabbed her two young daughters in an apartment in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood on April, 25, 2020. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A Montreal mother who stabbed her two young daughters, killing one of them, has been found not criminally responsible.

In April of last year, the 35-year-old woman killed her 11-year-old daughter and injured her five-year-old in an apartment in the city's Villeray neighbourhood. She was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

The judge's ruling on Friday was not a surprise. Last week, she announced the woman would not stand trial due to her mental state.

Psychiatrists for the Crown and the defence both testified the woman was experiencing psychosis when she stabbed her daughters and did not know right from wrong.

The woman will remain detained in a health-care facility while awaiting further psychiatric evaluation.

The judge also ordered the woman to take her medication and barred her from consuming alcohol or drugs. She is not allowed to communicate with her five-year-old daughter and her former partner.

A publication ban is in place for this case in order to protect the identity of the child who survived.

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