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Mother Goes On Trial Accused Of Murdering Daughter In Dublin

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

1:30 PM - 22 Oct 2019



A woman who killed her toddler daughter told a psychiatrist afterward that she thought she was turning into a monster.

The woman, who can't be named by court order, denies murder claiming she was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.

She has pleaded NOT guilty by reason of insanity.

The woman accepts that she caused her daughter’s death by suffocating her with a pillow in Feb 2018, but she denies murder.

She told a psychiatrist she was worried about her developing a severe type of autism and feared she wasn't capable of giving her a better life.

The court heard she was still awaiting the results of a psychological assessment on her child but had become convinced that she had Pathological Demand Avoidance based on her internet research.

She thought her child was possessed and said she didn't feel anything when she was first told she was dead.

The psychiatrist told the court she believed she was suffering from a mental disorder at the time. Another medical expert will give evidence tomorrow.

*Reporting by Frank Greaney



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