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Mother accused of slitting six-year-old daughter’s throat in Oshawa home

Posted on: October 5, 2009

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Mother accused of slitting six-year-old daughter’s throat in Oshawa home

Posted in October 3rd, 2009

From the Toronto Sun

A mother accused of slitting her six-year-old daughter’s throat reportedly wept in court yesterday before being led away to spend the weekend in jail. The 43-year-old woman — who can’t be identified under a court order protecting her daughters’ identity — is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, aggravated assault and assault.

She’ll be back in court Monday.

Durham Regional Police were called to the scene by the woman’s 10-year-old daughter just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Police said the mother fled the home, near Simcoe St. and Taunton Rd. E. in the city’s north end, before officers arrived.

The 10-year-old girl who called 911 wasn’t harmed and the six-year-old girl has been released from hospital, police spokesman Dave Selby said yesterday.

At the accused woman’s townhouse unit last night, a grey-haired man who didn’t identify himself refused comment.

Gail Stoneman, a neighbour in the same townhouse complex, said she often saw the mother with her children and she was shocked by the arrest.

The mother had “always been friendly” and proud of her children, she said.

“Lately she seemed to be depressed … not herself,” Stoneman said. “I don’t find her to be a mean mom. She loved her kids.

“I’ve never seen her slap her kids, she’s a true-blue mom.”

Stoneman said she believes anyone who’d hurt their children severely must have suffered “a nervous breakdown.”

But she was relieved to hear the children were safe.

“I’m very happy the kids are OK,” Stoneman said. “I hope the system gives them some counselling.”

Another neighbour, who didn’t want to be identified, said that “her daughter heard someone screaming for help” around 5:30 a.m.

“I never saw her hurt any children,” the neighbour said. “I would see her and the kids all the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the major crime unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5247, or the child abuse unit at ext. 5340. Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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