Yes, you read that correctly. A twenty-seven-year-old mother in Belgium was arrested and tried in 2017 under the charges of having burned her two-year-old daughter alive in a barbecue after the neighbors called the police because they heard the little girl screaming and saw smoke coming out of the garage.
Not nearly as distressing as the action itself, but equally chilling, was the justification that the mother gave to the police for what she had done: “We both had to burn. That was the only way we could go to Heaven together.”
It is not the first time that a story like this one surfaces; of a mother killing her descendants.
For example, in similar events, a thirty-five-year-old mother killed her twenty-month-old son in 2015 because “the Devil made her do it,” and a Brazilian mother gruesomely did the same to her five-year-old daughter this very year, on January 27.
Please don’t turn your face away and keep reading as we review ten facts about these horrible attacks.
10 A Depressed Woman
Based on the sparse evidence that the authorities have made public, it is known that at the time of the murder, the mother was undergoing severe depression.
This was a consequence of a divorce she had recently gone through, which left her hopeless for her future life and apparently for the life of her daughter as well.
Though by no means being depressed turns you into a murdering monster, it is believed that the hopelessness that is characteristic of a depression shaped her already twisted mind in a monstrous direction.
9 Grandma Goes Away
It is also known that she was living at the moment with an older woman that has been presumed to be her mother.
Still, one element is salient in all of this: she waited until the woman, her daughter’s grandmother, was away before carrying out her sickening act.
This has allowed the police and the prosecution to speculate that she was planning the attack for some time before carrying it out and only waiting for a chance to strike. Not even the impulsivity of someone that is mentally ill can be used to explain her actions!