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01-09-2005, 11:59 PM #1Former Member
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Canada - Woman accused of killing 2 infant sons, Guelph, 1998, 2002
Shortly after nine-week-old Cameron died in bed at his Kitchener, Ont., home on Dec. 1, 2002, a red flag went up. Authorities quickly learned that four years earlier, when the boy's family lived in nearby Guelph, his brother Alexander had died at seven weeks old in similar circumstances.
“There was a lot of conversation with [police in] Guelph and with the coroner's office,” Staff Sergeant Bryan Larkin of Waterloo Regional Police said. “Obviously, we had some investigatory concerns.”
What was not anticipated was that those concerns would culminate in two first-degree-murder charges against the boys' mother.
She appeared in a Guelph, Ont. courtroom Friday.
As with Alexander four years earlier, the postmortem and toxicology tests on Cameron proved inconclusive. There was no definitive finding, but the likeliest culprit looked to be sudden infant death syndrome — often called crib death — a leading cause of death among infants, claiming 0.45 babies out of every 1,000 live births in Canada.
A funeral notice in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record that mourned the loss of Cameron noted the earlier demise of Alexander and urged contributions for SIDS research. There was no hint of violence or foul play. Case closed.
That was until Thursday, when, in a startling turn of events, the children's 24-year-old mother was arrested.
After Friday's brief court hearing, she was remanded in custody until Jan. 24. Her two other young children — the two dead sons had different fathers — are being placed in care, police said.
08-24-2015, 06:14 PM #2
From October 2011:
The Guelph woman at the centre of the Ontario case, known as L.B., was 16 when she decided to get pregnant with her boyfriend. She smothered the baby when it was 10 months old and four years later she smothered another one of her babies at about two months old.
The woman, who cannot be identified under law as she was 17 at the time of the first death, was sentenced in 2008 to one more year in jail, on top of the five years credit she was given for time spent in pretrial custody. She was also ordered into a peace bond requiring her to alert child welfare authorities if she becomes pregnant in the next 20 years.
The woman, now 31, admitted intentionally killing her infant sons by covering them with blankets and a plastic sheet.
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