Maélie's mother pleads guilty to manslaughter
Little Maélie Brossoit-Nogueira was killed by her heavily intoxicated mother in July 2020, in Montreal.
Stéphanie Brossoit, who was accused of killing her six-year-old daughter years, on July 23, 2020, in Montreal, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of manslaughter, under an agreement between the Crown and the defense.
An outcome that aroused indignation among some relatives of the little victim.
The woman in her thirties, whose identity can now be revealed, was to be tried as of today, at the Montreal courthouse, for the murder of his daughter, which occurred in an apartment on rue Desautels, in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
Stéphanie Brossoit pleaded guilty to manslaughter following an agreement between the Crown and defence.
There will ultimately be no trial since the accused pleaded guilty at the start of the hearing. The jury trial was to last five weeks.
Six-year-old Maélie Brossoit-Nogueira was found seriously injured by a stab wound on the night of July 22 to 23, 2020 in her mother's home following a 911 call.
When the police arrived in the building, the little girl's mother was outside her home. It was when the officers searched the apartment that they discovered the little girl in critical condition.
The child had been declared dead by doctors a few hours later in the hospital. His body bore no less than 80 wounds.
The child had been fatally stabbed in her mother's home, rue Desautels, in Montreal.
The mother, who was then 36 years old, was quickly arrested and charged with the second degree murder of her daughter the next day, July 24, 2020.
The woman was heavily intoxicated on the evening of the tragedy, according to the elements exposed by the Crown. She had notably taken drugs, GHB and a cannabis cake.
The representations on the sentence to be imposed on Stéphanie Brossoit will take place on March 23.
< p class="e-p">The Court's decision to bring only manslaughter charges against Stéphanie Brossoit has shocked some family members who hope for an exemplary sentence for this heinous crime.
It should be noted that Stéphanie Brossoit's mother had herself made a report to the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse concerning her granddaughter, but the file had subsequently been closed.
The little victim's aunt, Manuela Pires, who spoke to the media as they left the courtroom, was heartbroken.
Now all parents can kill and what, she's going to be six, seven years old? A reduced sentence, she will be fine. What about us? We are the victims, the grandmother, the father…, launched Mrs. Pires on the verge of tears.
“It doesn't makes no sense… All the parents now are going to kill their child and they can get away with it? ”
— Manuela Pires, aunt of Maélie Brossoit-Nogueira
It is certainly something that is emotional. The death of a child, regardless of the circumstances, is always a tragedy. Even more when these are violent circumstances, so their reaction is completely normal, commented Me Simon Lapierre, criminal and penal prosecuting attorney.
The order of Non-publication of the identity of the victim, Maélie Brossoit-Nogueira, was lifted by the Court at the request of the father of the child. This allows us to publicly identify the mother of the child.