In a moving open letter to the media, the mother of Michaël Chicoine, accused of the murder of two young children on Sunday in Wendake, expresses her pain and her incomprehension at the gesture of her son, in addition to evoking that he tried to commit suicide.
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“I am Michaël Chicoine’s mother […] However, today, I am devastated, devastated by this tragedy, ”writes Mylène Chicoine.
“I have no words to express my son’s gesture […] NEVER, never would I have thought that Michael could have been a danger to anyone and that he would do something irreparable, ”adds the mother.
Mme Chicoine does not hide that her son suffers from mental problems. She also feels that the necessary support never came.
“Michaël was already known for mental health problems related to major depression, and God knows he asked for help on several occasions. […] He has already attempted his life. “
“Despite the hospitalizations, despite our requests for him to receive the appropriate help, the support received was unfortunately not sufficient or adequate: there was no place available for him at the University Institute in Mental Health de Québec (the “Hôpital Robert-Giffard”) or at the Québec Crisis Center. ”
“His family doctor tried very hard to get him the right help, but the doors closed. The only follow-up he got was a phone call, on one occasion, from a psychiatrist, which lasted barely 10 minutes. The specialist then prescribed medication for her, without further consultation, ”she says.
She indicates that her son did not use drugs or alcohol. The mother then expresses the pain that overwhelms her.
“The process towards healing and forgiveness seems unattainable to me. My heart is broken EVER. ”
“I thank my Innu family for their prayers, their solidarity and their sharing, as well as all those who sent us their expressions of sympathy.”
“I love you, my boy!” concludes Mme Chicoine.
Michaël Chicoine was charged on Sunday with the second degree murder of two brothers aged 2 and 5, whose identity bans protected.
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