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article imageWoman found guilty of murdering her two daughters

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 15, 2010 in Crime
Barrie - A 35-year-old Ontario woman who drowned her two small daughters has been found guilty of two counts of first degree murder.
Elaine Campione must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
Campione killed her daughters Serena, 3, and Sophia, 19 months, in October, 2006.
Defence lawyer Mary Cremer had claimed the woman was not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder.
The Crown argued she killed the children days before a family court appearance so that her ex-husband would not have a chance to get custody.
CBC News reported that, during a seven-week trial, the jury heard that Campione “spent time in psychiatric wards, attempted suicide, had delusions that people were trying to kill her and steal the girls and exhibited bizarre behaviour, including not letting one of her daughters touch anything red and claiming she saw aliens.”
Crown attorney Enno Meijers told the court that Campione, when speaking to her sister, had said that if she couldn't have Serena and Sophia, nobody could.
After drowning the girls in a bathtub Campione called police and calmly informed them that her children were dead. When authorities arrived they found the girls, dressed in pyjamas and holding hands, lying in their mother’s bed with a photo album and a rosary.
They also found a video tape on which the woman said: "Leo, there, are you happy? Everything's gone.... The idea that you could actually have my children - God believes me and God's taking care of them now."
Meijers described her tone in the recording as "pure, vindictive hatred."
The Star reported that, in the video, the woman claims she took a lethal dose of drugs and will soon join their daughters.
Justice Alfred Stong told the members of the jury that in order to find Campione not criminally responsible they would need to believe she was incapable of knowing her actions were morally wrong, or that society would view them as wrong.
When the verdict was announced Campione began shaking and crying.
She had accused her ex-husband Leo of assaulting her and Serena during the autumn of 2005. Those charges were stayed pending the conclusion of the murder trial.
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