Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Mother Gets 13 Years after Confessing to Killing Infant in Her Diary

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Mother Gets 13 Years after Confessing to Killing Infant in Her Diary

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Mother gets 13 years after diary confession

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CALGARY - A Calgary mother who confessed to killing her infant son in diary entries to her dead husband was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday.

Justice Terry Semenuk sentenced Stacey Joy Bourdeaux to four years for manslaughter, eight years for the attempted murder of a second child and one year for failing to provide the necessities of life. The 34-year-old was given credit of three years and five months for time already served, meaning she has another nine years and seven months left on her sentence.

Bourdeaux stood quietly during the brief sentencing and showed little emotion.

"I view the accused's act as being impulsive and not involving a high degree of deliberation," Semenuk wrote in a 35-page decision. "After her arrest the accused made a full confession to the police as to her involvement in the offences. As well, I accept the accused's sincere expression of remorse in the oral statement she made in open court."

Bourdeaux pleaded guilty last August to manslaughter in the 2004 death of 10-month-old Sean Ronald Fewer and to the attempted murder of her five-year-old boy in 2010. She also admitted to failing to provide the necessities of life.

Sean was found not breathing in his crib in December 2004. At the time, his death did not raise any suspicion with the medical examiner, who ruled it was a case of sudden infant death syndrome.

However, Bourdeaux admitted killing the boy in her diary to her husband Ted Fewer, who had died in an electrical accident.

"Dear Ted. Now that you are gone I can confess about Sean,'' Bourdeaux wrote. "The night that he left us, it wasn't actually while he was sleeping."

"I did what I didn't want to do. The crying wouldn't stop, so I ended up putting a pillow over his face and made sure that it was stopping his breathing. I know it's something that I shouldn't have done, but I did. …

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