A woman who stabbed her 7-year-old daughter to death in their home in Vaudreuil-Dorion two years ago has been found not criminally responsible for her actions.
Claudia Flores-Jiminez, who turned 37 on Monday, appeared before Superior Court Justice Alexandre Boucher at the Valleyfield courthouse and was ordered to remain detained at the Philippe Pinel Institute to undergo treatment and evaluation for a psychotic disorder.
Flores-Jiminez suffered from the same disorder, and had been hospitalized for it, roughly five years before she stabbed her daughter, Daniela Cea Campo, eight times on Feb. 12, 2015.
She was charged with first-degree murder following her arrest and her first mental health evaluation deemed her fit to stand trial. But three subsequent evaluations, including two requested by the Crown, determined the mother was suffering from a mental illness the day she killed her daughter.
She had been hospitalized for the illness in either 2009 or 2010 and had taken medication to treat it. But symptoms of the illness returned. On the day Daniela was killed, Flores-Jiminez had told her husband that she felt stressed and had to leave work early. That same morning, Flores-Jiminez had dropped her daughter off at school and began experiencing unfounded concerns about a car that was parked nearby.
Boucher was told Flores-Jiminez tried to kill herself after having stabbed her daughter, but was likely saved by the actions of her husband.
There is no limit to how long Flores-Jiminez can be detained at the Philippe Pinel Institute. Her case will be reviewed by a panel of experts who will determine if she represents a danger to the public.