Evelyn Kathleen Sen
Evelyn Kathleen Sen, 44, had been charged with murdering 4 year old daughter Maggie Renee Watson at their home in Onehunga on August 6 last year.
Sen burst into tears when Justice Matthew Downs ruled that the only reasonable verdict was not guilty by reason of insanity.
The court heard she believed the child was possessed and being tortured. She fed the child pills to "save her".
Dr Mhairi Duff, a psychiatric expert who has seen Sen since Maggie died, has given evidence at the hearing, before Justice Matthew Downs, about the mother's "untreated psychotic delusions".
She said leading up to Maggie's death the child had been waking up in the night screaming.
Sen fed the child tablets at about midday on August 6 then took an overdose to kill herself.
Sen woke hours later, around dinner time, to find Maggie dead and was highly distressed that she herself was still alive.
Date of Birth
1972 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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A short life ended by mothers insanity
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|13-10-2016||Pre-trial hearing||High Court Auckland||Murder||06-08-2015||Found not guilty by reason of insanity||▼|