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Quebec mom charged in daughter's death attempts suicide

01/11/2012 02:14 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT

A western Quebec woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her seven-year-old daughter is in hospital in critical condition after attempting suicide at the Hull jail, CBC has learned.

Kathrine Dufresne, 53, of Chelsea, Que., on Monday had been found fit to stand trial in the Oct. 22 death of her adopted daughter, Sophie.

Dufresne was found Wednesday morning unconscious in the shower at the Hull jail, according to multiple sources.

Dufresne had just undergone a 30-day psychiatric examination.

On Monday, a judge ordered Dufresne to be transferred to a Montreal facility where she was to be put under surveillance. She was at Hull jail awaiting that transfer when the incident occurred.

She was scheduled to return to court on Feb. 28.

Death was shock to community

Murray Fitzpatrick arrived at his home Oct. 22 last year in Chelsea, Que., just north of Gatineau, Quebec provincial police said, where he found his only daughter Sophie unconscious.

He also found his wife, Dufresne, seriously injured and called 911. Both were taken to hospital where the girl was pronounced dead.

Fitzpatrick was cleared of any involvement in his daughter's death.

The death was a shock to the community, many of whom said the family was well known in the Chelsea area and were involved in many community activities.

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