Already eight miners killed this year

Déjà huit mineurs tués cette année

The murder of the little girl 6 years of age, which occurred Thursday in Montreal took its toll on already dark children murdered in Quebec in 2020.

According to a compilation by the Newspaper, eight miners lost their lives violently since January.

This figure approaches the average of the last five years, even though there are still five months before the end of 2020.

Up to now, three mothers have been accused of having killed their child, in addition to Martin Carpentier, who murdered his two daughters, Norah and Romy, before taking his own life, two weeks ago.

The disaster assessment account as a 13 year old girl found dead beside a road in the Laurentians and two teenagers killed by other young people.

These statistics are tragic, however, would be the result of an unfortunate accident, according to the experts consulted by The Newspaper.

“If there had been an increase in a particular category, it would have been to ask why it happens. But they are very disparate, ” says the psychiatrist at the Institut Philippe-Pinel, Gilles Chamberland.

Foolish, but…

If the gestures murderers committed by some parents seem to be ” crazy “, there are risk factors that come into play when family dramas.

It is this that has established the professor of psychology Suzanne Léveillée, in his research on intrafamily violence.

The breakup and the custody of children can be triggers, particularly in individuals with personality disorders, shows-t-it.

“Parents who kill their children, it is a matter of mental disorder in the three-quarters of the cases “, adds the expert psycholégal Hubert Van Gijseghem.

The psychiatrist Gilles Chamberland recalls that persons who suffer from mental illness have a social network that is more restricted than the average.

“When they get sick, they attack their loved ones,” says-t it.

The containment may–have played a role in the murder of some of these children ? The three specialists are not so sure, does not exclude completely the hypothesis.

Only a little girl has lost her life in a violent way, from mid-may to mid-June, at the height of the pandemic.

“If a desperate mother was at the end of the roll, it may be that the containment has added to the isolation and social deprivation,” says Dr. Chamberland, without, however, making a direct link with the murder of this little girl.

Difficult prevention

Prevent the killing of minors is also complicated by the little warning signs, according to experts.

“It is much easier to pronounce after the fact rather than to predict,” says Dr. Van Gijseghem.

However, he believes that awareness campaigns and education on mental disorders have been successful in the past 30 years, allowing to significantly reduce the number of murders in general.

Professor Léveillée believes that the demand for psychological assistance should be further demystified. “This is not to be weak, to ask for help, it is just the opposite !” she concluded.

– With the collaboration of Claudia Berthiaume

These children murdered

  • 2020: 8
  • 2019: 10
  • 2018: 8
  • 2017: 10
  • 2016: 7
  • 2015: 8
  • 2014: 10
  • 2013: 3
  • 2012: 13

According to a compilation of Log validated by the police

Note : orders handed down by various courts forbid us to identify some of the small victims.


  • 6 years
  • Montreal

Stabbed to death in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in the night of 23 July. His mother has been accused of murder not premeditated yesterday.

Romy and Norah Carpentier

  • 6 years and 11 years
  • Saint-Apollinaire

The two sisters were killed by their father, Martin Carpentier on July 8, after an exit from the road. An Amber alert had been triggered the next day to find them, followed by a manhunt to trace their father, who is finally given the death.

Newborn baby

  • A few hours
  • Gatineau

A baby was found dead in the back of a building in the sector Mont-Bleu, June 30. His mother is charged with manslaughter and of having made away with the corpse of a child.


  • 13 years
  • Val-d’or

Died while a member of her family, 14-year-old, wielding a firearm, the 14th of June. The teen is facing a charge of murder not premeditated before the youth Court.


  • 11 years
  • Montreal

Stabbed to death while his sister was seriously injured on April 25. His mother has been accused of murder not premeditated and attempted murder.

Océane Boyer

  • 13 years
  • Brownsburg-Chatham

Killed with a blunt object, and then abandoned beside a road in the Laurentides, on the 26th of February. François Sénécal, a friend of the family, has been accused of premeditated murder.


  • 15 years
  • Laval

Stabbed to death on new Year’s day during a quarrel with another teenager of 16 years in a park. The latter is free on conditions pending his trial for murder not premeditated.

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