Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

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Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby DrachenSachen » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:36 am

Mother kills her five children

Last Updated: 2:28am GMT 02/03/2007

A mother slashed the throats of her five children before trying to commit suicide in the Belgian town of Nivelles yesterday, police said.

Police officers and emergency workers were treated for psychological trauma after finding the children's bodies and their injured mother Geneviève Lhermitte, 51, at their family home.

The girls Yasmine,14, Nora, 12, Myriam, 10, Mina, 8, and a boy Mehdi, 3, had all been "killed with a knife" and the mother had called the emergency services after an apparent attempt to kill herself with the same weapon.
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Police found all the children upstairs, lying on a bed. Local reports said there were signs of resistance from Yasmine.

Some crime scene investigators speculated that the children may have been drugged before being killed. They attended a local Catholic school.

The children's father, Bouchaib Mokadem, was not in Belgium at the time of the killings but was told of the tragedy by police officers at Brussels-National airport yesterday evening. He is being treated for shock and psychological distress.

The mother, said to be receiving treatment for depression, is currently in a serious condition, but out of danger.

The killings have shaken Belgium. Pierre Huart, the mayor of Nivelles, a town with a population of 25,000 about 20 miles from Brussels, said: "The children were all at school and the father had a good job.

"There is nothing to explain this tragedy,"

Bernard Goethals, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Nivelles, said the woman had "mentioned her plan" in a letter addressed to a friend in the town ' a suicide note that had been delivered after the deaths.

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Re: Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby perrito » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:23 pm

How dreadful, it simply leaves you speechless.
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Re: Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby bugalugs1970 » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:40 pm

Thats just terrible. I really don't know what to say there are few words. :(
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Re: Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby MoeSzyslak » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:59 pm

Depression is an ugly illness. A lot of times, mother's get so overwhelmed they snap. There is so little community support these days. I'm not excusing what she did, but depression can cause you to go to some dark places. It makes you feel like there is no light at the end of a very long tunnel. Some people can handle it, and some it just gets on top of. It's so so sad for those poor kids, and the dad. And as for the mother, she's probably aware of what she did, and if not she probably will be when she gets help; she'll probably mentally check out for good to cope with it.
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Re: Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby tas2 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:41 pm

My god, how awful. Poor, poor people... poor children. And, after all, poor mother too. So very sad...
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Re: Belgium mother slashes all 5 of her kids throats

Postby fedrules » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:45 pm

Another illustration of what depression can drive people to do.No wonder the PJ want to look into Kate's mental health record.An awful story,but sadly such tragedies occur regularly..why then is it considered so impossible that Kate might also have cracked and lashed out at her daughter??
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