Tuesday, 4 December 2012

FILICIDE (multiple)???: Quebec: Sonia Blanchette "important witness"

 December 03, 2012

FAMILY PHOTOLaurelie, 5, Anais, 2, and Loic, 4, were found after apparently drowning in their mother's home Sunday.

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Quebec Bureau 
DRUMMONDVILLE, QUE.—One year ago Sonia Blanchette lost the right to unsupervised visits with her three children.

Then the 33-year-old removed the photographs of Laurélie, 5, Loic, 4, and Anais, 2, from the walls of her apartment. Seeing them without being able to touch them, said a friend, was too difficult to bear.
The name “Laurelie” and a child’s crude drawing remain visible on the front window of the second-floor residence, but the children are gone now. Their lifeless, blanket-wrapped bodies were removed from the home by Drummondville’s coroner Sunday evening.
Blanchette was taken on a stretcher to hospital where police wait with a battery of questions about how the three children were apparently drowned during a weekend visit.
The incident was discovered at 4 p.m. on Sunday when Blanchette’s mother, Nicole Grenier, arrived at her daughter’s apartment and then ran out into the streets, her cries piercing the crisp December air.
Police won’t say what they believe happened inside the home but friends and colleagues who passed by Monday with flowers, teddy bears and tears in their eyes fear the worst.
Last year, when Blanchette’s son was about 3 years old, neighbours found him walking along their quiet street at 7:30 one morning clad in a one-piece pyjama.
She later told friends that the boy must have sneaked out of the house while she was making breakfast. The police and child protection authorities were called in all the same.
Just before Christmas last year, Blanchette was in court on charges of abducting Anais, then 14 months, according to L’Express, a local newspaper. She was released from custody, but under restrictions that she only saw her children every second Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and then under the supervision of her mother. The father, Patrick Desautels, was granted full custody.
In a statement Monday, Desautels said he loved his children and will miss them for the rest of his life.
“We are currently together as a family and this tragedy leaves us without words,” he wrote. “The police investigation will tell us more about the circumstances of the tragedy. What has taken place is inexplicable.”
Blanchette was scheduled to appear in court on the abduction charges in January.
Her difficulties seemed particularly pronounced last spring and she spoke about them openly, said a colleague who worked with her for two months this spring at a garden centre.
“She was a girl who had her problems. With the kids after the separation with the father, it wasn’t easy,” said the woman, who refused to provide her name.
Blanchette’s friend, Nancy Latraverse, stopped by the home Monday morning to leave two white roses for Laurélie and Anais and a blue carnation for Loic.
“She wasn’t an angry person. She smiled all the time,” said Latraverse, who has been friends with Blanchette for about a year.
She said she would try to keep Blanchette’s spirits up during her custody battles. She would bring the clothes that no longer fit her own son to give to Loic and encourage her not to lose hope. But the battle was getting the best of her, Latraverse said.
Recently, she removed the children's’ photographs from the walls.
“She didn’t want to see them so that it would not cause her pain.”
Just how the three kids fell victim to the horrid incident in the dying hours of their mother’s allotted twice-monthly visit is now the job of Sûréte du Québec investigators who, so far, only consider Blanchette to be an “important witness” to a “tragic incident.”


  1. Let me think... 3 drowned kids ... lost custody... overdosed on some pills.. ONLY a witness??

  2. It seems as though the mother committed this horrific crime and it is a high probability that she did but lets not forget that much of this is speculations from journalists trying to make the first report on what happened.
    it may have been a disturbed ex lover... just try to remember not to speculate. things are not always as they seem.
    i am not going to condemn until more true evidence and not speculation and assumptions come out to the public.

  3. The reality is, she will not recieve a serious punishment whether she did it or not.

    Women get away with killing children. The judge will order a publication ban, she will get a light sentence in a min sec mental hospital and be out on her own in a year of two.

    If this were a man, 25+ years and the hatred of an entire society.

    Women are killing children, and society does not care. More effort will go into the fake December 6th fembot rallies than will be expended investigating how many mothers have killed their kids in the last 10 years.

    1. Yes, women get away with it...sort of. They have to live with what they did to their babies for the rest of their lives. They can never drown their memories, which is likely why she tried to kill herself so that she wouldn't have to face the natural consequence of her actions.

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  6. Those three children are three of the most beautiful faces i have ever seen. Just such beautiful children.

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  8. Seriously, why is no one paying attention here to the fact that she was supposed to be having supervised visits ?!? Where the hell was her mother "the supervisor" when all this was happening. There is a reason the courts saw it fit to make them supervised visits, a responsibility that should not have been taken so lightly and trusting her to be alone with the children. She most definitely should be taking some sort of responsibility in this tragedy. Supervision means one thing ..... to be SUPERVISED !!!!

    1. My thoughts exactly. If the mother wasn't there when the father or whoever arrived with the children, then the person dropping them off should have waited. If the grandmother was there and left, even for a few minutes, she is also at fault.

  9. When you marry you know there are at least 50% chances you divorce.
    And if you have children you know you have to share children with father, for their own sake. And that eventually you may lose custody, men are not all poor fathers and mothers are not all good mothers.
    But nobody prepare mothers to lose children. Our culture is that mother keep children.
    So there must be a change in mentality and law to stop this crimes.
    Women have to be educated in the principle that children are not their exclusive property, and that there are chances in case of divorce that children custody could be given to father.
    I have lived in Africa, in RDC, in patriarchal society. Fathers always kept children in case of family splitting. Mothers accepted without pain, she was grown up in this principle. And I have rarely seen such good and responsible fathers. And of course I never heard in 12 years that children were killed by mother or father. Except some very primitive crimes.

    Even if you suffer deeply, love for kids must overcome this suffering. Otherwise is pure selfishness.
    But there is no excuse to such horrible crimes.
    No excuse at all.