Mother who pleaded guilty to infanticide ordered to take regular pregnancy tests

Mother who pleaded guilty to infanticide ordered to take regular pregnancy tests
Mother who pleaded guilty to infanticide ordered to take regular pregnancy tests

Montreal mother sentenced to 20 months of house arrest followed by three years of probation in death of newborn

Published on: March 1, 2018 | Last Updated: March 1, 2018 10:53 AM EST

The Palais de Justice in Montreal.

The Palais de Justice in Montreal. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette

A Montreal mother who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn child has been sentenced to 20 months of house arrest followed by three years of probation. 

In what her lawyer described as a first in Canada, she has also been ordered to take a pregnancy test every six months and submit the results to her supervising officer while under house arrest. She will need to do the same during her three years of probation. 

Quebec Court Judge Linda Despots rendered the sentence Thursday morning at the Montreal courthouse. The sentence was a joint recommendation between the defence and the Crown. 

The 43-year-old woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, is married and has three other children. 

The woman pleaded guilty to one charge of infanticide last November after giving birth at home in July 2016 without knowing she was pregnant. After being placed in a plastic bag at birth, the child died from asphyxiation a few days later in hospital. 

After the sentencing Thursday morning, defence lawyer Joseph La Leggia said his client doesn’t remember what happened that day and feels a deep remorse. The woman is already undergoing psychiatric therapy and will continue to do so. 

This story will be updated.

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