Appeal dismissed for Ontario woman who killed 2 young daughters

A small floral tribute has started outside the Coulter St. apartment building in Barrie, Ont., Thursday, Oct.5, 2006 where two little girls, Sophia and Serena Campione were found dead. CP PHOTO/Bill Sandford

TORONTO – An appeal by an Ontario woman who killed her two young daughters more than eight years ago had been dismissed.

Elaine Campione drowned her daughters, Serena, 3, and Sophia, 19 months, in the bathtub in October 2006 while in the midst of a custody battle with her ex-husband.

Court heard the Barrie, Ont., woman had been diagnosed as having unspecified psychosis and other mental illnesses, but a jury found that did not prevent her from knowing it was wrong to drown her children, as the defence had suggested.

She was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years.

In appealing her convictions, Campione said the trial judge made three errors in instructing the jury on how to determine whether she should be found not criminally responsible.

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But the appeal court found the trial judge properly instructed the jury on the law.

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