Lauren Dickason Killed Her Three Daughters 'Out Of Love', Court Hears!
2023/07/26

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A mother named Lauren Anne Dickason is on trial for the murder of her three daughters in New Zealand. The court heard that Dickason smothered her children because she wanted to take her own life but didn't want to leave them behind. Dickason's defense claims that she is not guilty by reason of insanity. During the trial, Dickason's lawyer, Anne Toohey, argued that her client had an altruistic motive and killed her children out of love. She stated that Dickason was suffering from severe postpartum depression and was in a dark place mentally. She believed that killing herself and her children was the right thing to do because she felt they would all be better off dead.

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Dickason's mother, Wendy Fawkes, also testified during the trial. She expressed her concerns about her daughter's mental state before the alleged murders, stating that she had never seen her in such a bad shape. Fawkes mentioned that Dickason had changed, become distant, and stopped communicating. The court heard that Dickason had previously lost a child and had undergone multiple rounds of IVF treatment. The prosecution acknowledged that she suffered from serious depression but argued that she knew what she was doing when she killed her daughters.

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The Crown Prosecutor alleged that Dickason was angry and frustrated, feeling that her children stood in the way of her relationship with her husband. In a police interview played during the trial, Dickason admitted to killing her children. She explained that one of the twins was the "worst behaved," and she killed her first. However, when that attempt was unsuccessful, she suffocated all three girls. Afterward, she tucked them into their beds, fully aware that they were dead.

Dickason told the police that she then attempted to take her own life by drinking medication. She described her mental state leading up to the killings, stating that she had not felt normal for months.

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She had also been diagnosed with major depressive disorder in the past and had experienced post-natal depression after the birth of her older daughter and twins. The trial is expected to continue for another two weeks, with experts testifying about whether Dickason was insane at the time of the murders. The case has highlighted the devastating impact of postpartum depression and mental health issues on individuals and their families.

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