Crown appeals Alta. mother's manslaughter conviction
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:20PM EDT
EDMONTON - The Alberta Crown is appealing the manslaughter conviction of an Australian woman who drowned her two young sons in the family bathtub.
Allyson McConnell was originally charged with second-degree murder, but was convicted last month of the lesser charge.
The judge based her ruling on a lack of evidence about McConnell's mental state and intent when she killed her children in a community south of Edmonton in 2010.
Alberta Justice is seeking to have the conviction changed to second-degree murder or for another trial to be held.
McConnell is to be sentenced for manslaughter on June 4.
During the trial, court heard McConnell and her husband were in the middle of a bitter divorce and she wanted to take their children back to Australia.