Delay for mom accused of killing her kids

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 12/14/2012 1:28:00 PM

The woman accused of killing her three young children in Drummondville will remain in custody over the holidays while awaiting the completion of a psychiatric evaluation to see if she's fit to be arraigned on murder charges.

Sonia Blanchette, 33, was not present at today's scheduled court appearance since her lawyer asked for the delay. The courtroom was packed with people there for the hearing, including her estranged husband Patrick Desautels and friends and family of the two.

The children, Anaïs, 2, Loïc, 4, and Lorélie, 5 were found dead December 2 at the mother's home by their grandmother who was supervising the visit as ordered by the court. Blanchette did not have custody of the children.

Crown prosecutor Marie-Ève Patry said the defence asked for the delay because the evaluation wasn't completed. Patry said if it's determined she's fit to appear in court, she is expected to enter a plea.

"If she is found fit to be arraigned, she will be arraigned," Patry told reporters.

Blanchette remains in custody until she returns to court in three weeks. Patry said she believes Blanchette, reportedly pregnant, is being detained at the Sherbrooke Hospital. Blanchette's lawyer refused to speak to reporters.

Photo credit: Canadian Press

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