By The Canadian Press - Friday, January 4, 2013 - 0 Comments
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A Quebec woman charged with killing her three children has been…
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A Quebec woman charged with killing her three children has been declared fit to stand trial.
Sonia Blanchette appeared in court today after undergoing a lengthy psychiatric evaluation.
Details of the psychiatric assessment were not revealed in court.
The 33-year-old Blanchette was arrested after two-year-old Anais, four-year-old Loic and five-year-old Lorelie were found dead in her Drummondville residence in early December.
She faces three counts of first-degree murder and is due to return to court on March 28.
Drummondville is midway between Montreal and Quebec City.
By The Canadian Press - Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM - 0 Comments
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A woman stared blankly from the prisoner’s dock as she appeared…
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A woman stared blankly from the prisoner’s dock as she appeared in court to face charges Wednesday of murdering her three young children.
Sonia Blanchette shuffled gingerly into the courtroom, appeared in a daze, and had to be guided away by a courthouse constable after she was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Her estranged spouse, the children’s father, watched quietly from the front row of the courtroom. Surrounded by family, Patrick Desautels did not say a word while entering or leaving.
The hearing lasted just a few minutes. No plea was entered Wednesday.
A court-appointed lawyer has requested that Blanchette be evaluated to determine whether she is mentally fit to respond to the criminal charges. Continue…
By The Canadian Press - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM - 0 Comments
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Police say charges could be laid Wednesday in the death of…
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – Police say charges could be laid Wednesday in the death of three young siblings in Quebec.
Provincial police say investigators have been questioning the mother, Sonia Blanchette, since her release from hospital earlier Wednesday.
A department spokesman said it’s possible that charges could be laid against Blanchette, 33.
“If during the questioning they’re able to ascertain that she is to be accused, then that could be done this afternoon,” Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau said.
“But it all depends. Officially, she’s just being met by investigators and we’ll have to see how it goes.”
Blanchette’s children were found dead Sunday at her Drummondville home under what police have called suspicious circumstances.
Police have not yet confirmed how Anais, 2, Loic, 4, and Laurelie, 5, died.
Investigators had been waiting to question Blanchette, who was taken to hospital earlier this week for unspecified reasons.
Police have called Blanchette an “important witness” who might be able to clear up what happened inside her residence, about an hour outside Montreal.
A funeral will be held for the children on Saturday in nearby Acton Vale.
Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous story misspelled Thibaudeau