01/16/2015 08:54 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Sonia Blanchette, Quebecer Accused Of Killing Her 3 Kids, Dies


Sonia Blanchette, charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her children, has died after refusing to eat.

Blanchette had been at Montreal's Sacré Coeur hospital since Dec. 19 and her weight had dropped to 80 pounds, according to Radio-Canada.

Blanchette was accused of killing:

- Laurélie, 5.

- Loïc, 4.

- Anaïs, 2. 

The children were found at her residence in December 2012 in Drummondville, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.

She died at around 1:35 a.m. today, the same day she had been scheduled to appear in court to set a trial date in the murder case.

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