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Psychiatrist: Woman Who Drowned Daughters Should Be Hospitalized

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A Markham mother accused of killing her two daughters should be hospitalized for treatment, a forensic psychiatrist said.

The trial of Sivananthi Elango, 32, facing two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of her children Renu, 2, and Movlika, three months, continued today in Newmarket. The issue of whether or not Ms Elango was criminally responsible for their deaths in March 2006 is considered central to the case.

Psychiatrist Dr. Hy Bloom, said he believes the Markham woman is at “a fair degree of risk for suicide”, is a “very high” risk for postpartum depression and would pose a danger to her future children if she became pregnant again.

“I believe this woman requires ongoing treatment in a hospital setting,” Dr. Bloom said.

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