Belgian woman who murdered her 5 kids euthanized 16 years later to the day
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A Belgian woman sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of her five children 16 years ago reportedly died Tuesday after she was found dead.
Genevieve Lhermitt, 56, strangled her children at her home in Nivelles, Belgium on February 28, 2007.
At that time her children were 3, 7, 10, 12 and 14 years old. Their father, Boucheb Mokadam, was visiting family in Morocco when he murdered them.
Lahrmit tried to kill herself after the murder but failed and called the emergency services for help.
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His lawyers argued during his trial that he was mentally ill. In 2019, he was sent to a psychiatric hospital.
According to BBC News, in Belgium it is legal to choose to die by euthanasia if a person is competent and is in “unbearable” physical and psychological pain, with no recourse.
Last year almost 3,000 people died in Belgium with terminal cancer being the most common cause.
“This is the specific procedure that Ms. Lhermitt followed, the various medical opinions that were gathered,” her lawyer said of her decision.
Lhermitt died 16 years after killing her children.
Psychiatrist Emilie Maroit told a local Belgian TV station that choosing to die on February 28 was likely a “symbolic gesture in honor of her children”.
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“It might as well be for her to finish what she started, because she really wanted to end her life when she killed them,” he said, according to the BBC.