Killed by her son in a psychotic crisis: a woman from Baie-Saint-Paul has met a terrible end

According to the coroner’s report, a 50-year-old met a horrible end when she was killed by her son with a stove and a knife in Baie-Saint-Paul in 2019 during a psychotic crisis.

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Violaine Gagnon was 59 when she was found unresponsive at her home on rue Saint-Adolphe. The Sûreté du Québec quickly confirmed that it was a domestic murder.

The victim’s son, Jean-Philippe Blais, was quickly arrested in connection with the murder. Because of a mental disorder, he was not held criminally responsible for the second-degree murder. He had immediately confessed to the police all alleged acts.

Jean Philippe Blais

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Jean Philippe Blais

Mme Gagnon was found dead in her bedroom in the afternoon after her employer feared she was absent without warning.

According to the coroner’s report, Mrs.and Donald Nicole, the victim, had numerous marks of violence on his neck and head.

Suspected death Baie-Saint-Paul August 3, 2019

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“Police investigations revealed that at around 4:18 a.m. on August 3, 2019, the son of Mme Gagnon had taken a cast-iron skillet from the residence’s kitchen, walked into his mother’s room, and smacked her head violently while she lay in bed. He then returned to the kitchen to get a knife, went back to his mother’s room and stabbed her several times in the neck,” the report said.and Nicole.

The victim had multiple wounds to his face and neck, including one fatal one that extended to the carotid artery and right carotid artery. There was also significant blunt force trauma to the head with bruising around the eyes, forehead and mouth.

Finally Mme Gagnon suffered multiple facial and skull fractures and an intracranial hemorrhage.

The victim lived with his son. His mental disorders were well known. According to the report, a psychiatric evaluation conducted during his detention revealed that he suffered from psychotic disorders that impaired his judgement.

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