SASKATOON – A Warman, Sask. mother pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her five-month-old son Monday morning at Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon.
On May 11, 2011, RCMP went to the woman’s home with the child’s father to serve her with an interim custody order. She then stabbed the child in the head before attempting to take her own life.
Her intent, the court heard during a brief statement of fact, was so mother and child could be reunited in death.
She is said to have suffered from postpartum depression.
The boy sustained a significant brain injury. More details about his current condition will be presented in the fall.
“It is a significant resolution because she is now accepting responsibility for her actions,” said Crown prosecutor Sheryl Fillo.
In July 2011, the woman was granted bail. She will remain so until her next court appearance.
Her name cannot be released as the identity of the child is subject to a publication ban.
“He resides with his father and grandparents and they take care of him full-time,” said Fillo.
“But he is not at the stage that a normal, healthy child of three years and six months would be at this time in his life.”
The woman, now 25, reports weekly to her local RCMP detachment and to her bail supervisor.
She is not to be alone with any children under the age of 12 and cannot have any contact with her son as part of the conditions of her release.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 25.