MONTREAL – A 28-year-old woman from Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, north of Montreal, was sentenced to eight years in prison for causing the death of three of her babies.
With the time available, there are about five years for his service.
She was initially charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killing of three babies, but in July she pleaded guilty to fewer charges of manslaughter.
She has also pleaded guilty to two charges for hiding a child's body and one for failing to provide the necessities of life for a fourth child who is still alive.
His sentence was determined on the basis of a joint recommendation made by the defense and the prosecution.
"We took the time to meet with them (the family), to understand them and to listen to their emotions, to feel what they felt because we understood that, regardless of the law, they lost their children," the Crown prosecutor said Caroline Lafleur.
"It was done in a very professional manner based on the evidence after the preliminary hearing and I am very satisfied with the results," said defense lawyer Julien Archambault.
She was arrested for the first time in 2017 after going to the hospital in St-Eustache to complain about the pain.
The doctors, having understood that the woman had recently given birth, questioned her about where the baby was. She denied having given birth and refused to provide any information.
The police later found the body of a newborn and a subsequent search at his home discovered the bodies of two other infants from two other pregnancies.
Police say they believe the deaths of the three children occurred between 2014 and 2017.
The woman cannot be identified to protect the identity of the living child.
The family reveals the woman's network of lies
The case also revealed that the woman has built a web of lies around her since childhood, and has spared no one – not even her partner, who testified that she was not even aware that her girlfriend was pregnant.
Relatives gave powerful judgments of impact on the victims, which focused on the psychological impact on the couple's five-year-old daughter.
"My biggest fear now is the day you will be released, knowing that you will spread your poison again," the child's grandmother told the court.
The girl's father directed his anger towards his ex, and he was so strong that at one point the judge needed to interrupt him.
"It's not violent or violent, it's worse than that; it's a liar and a manipulator," he said.
Experts said it is not clear if the woman will benefit from any psychological help while in prison.
– With the CTV News Stephane Giroux files from Montreal
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