Portrait emerging of Quebec mother accused of killing 3 kids
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, December 7, 2012 2:48PM EST
Last Updated Friday, December 7, 2012 9:59PM EST
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. -- A portrait is emerging of a Quebec mother accused of killing her three young children.
Sonia Blanchette is being described as someone who talked frequently about her kids and appeared to be a doting mother.
But she also spoke of the pain of not being able to see her kids, to whom she only had restricted access due to a custody order.
A former colleague in a Greek restaurant where she worked as a cook says she frequently showed off photos of her kids on her cellphone.
Daniel Jones says Blanchette had a positive attitude at work -- but frequently spoke about how deeply she missed seeing her children.
Blanchette is now facing three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her kids. A funeral for the children -- aged two, four and five -- is planned for tomorrow.
A court decision had limited Blanchette to supervised access to the kids every second Sunday.
Jones worked alongside Blanchette for about nine months in the kitchen of a Greek restaurant in the city of Drummondville.
He says Blanchette was a pleasant, hard-working cook who laughed a lot at work.
Blanchette will undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine if she's fit to stand trial.
Her next court appearance is December 14th.