Court records show mum accused of stabbing toddlers was in custody battle

Court records show Janee Pedesclaux, 31, was in a custody battle with the father of her children when police said she stabbed her two toddlers on Sunday, leaving her 4-year-old daughter dead. In the documents, it is revealed that the father of the children had applied for visitation over the weekend in April. He described the environment Pedesclaux provided for the children as dangerous and unstable. He also claimed that she was under the influence of non-prescription pills. “I would subsequently expect the defense to raise a plea of ​​not guilty by reason of insanity. Essentially what they would say is that at the time of the offense she was insane and unable to determine right and wrong,” attorney Laura Cannizarro-Rodrigue said of what she expects to see as the trial begins. She says it was a success. in the parish of Orleans before in the case of a woman who drowned her children in a bathtub. declares a defendant not guilty by reason of insanity, he is not released, he is sent to a mental hospital where he is not only allowed to leave the institution. He is being kept in the facility to receive treatment. Then it will be evaluated on a regular basis to determine if, at any time, they can be reintegrated into society,” said Cannizarro-Rodrigue. The mediator in the custody battle spoke on the phone with WDSU and says Pedesclaux has not responded to his attempts to contact her.

Court records show Janee Pedesclaux, 31, was in a custody battle with the father of her children when police said she stabbed her two toddlers on Sunday, leaving her 4-year-old daughter dead.

In the documents, it is revealed that the father of the children had applied for visitation over the weekend in April. He described the environment Pedesclaux provided for the children as dangerous and unstable. He also claimed that she was under the influence of non-prescription pills.

“I would subsequently expect the defense to raise a plea of ​​not guilty by reason of insanity. Essentially what they would say is that at the time of the offense she was insane and unable to determine right and wrong,” attorney Laura Cannizarro-Rodrigue said of what she expects to happen when the trial begins.

She says it has already succeeded in the parish of Orleans in the case of a woman who drowned her children in a bathtub.

It’s unclear when a trial might begin, but Cannizarro-Rodrigue says that even if an insanity plea is successful, Pedesclaux would not be free.

“If a jury finds a defendant not guilty by reason of insanity, they are not released, they are sent to a mental hospital where they are not only allowed to leave the facility. They are kept in the facility for receive care. Then they will be evaluated regularly to determine if, at any time, they can be reintegrated into society,” said Cannizarro-Rodrigue.

The mediator in the custody battle spoke on the phone with WDSU and says Pedesclaux has not responded to his attempts to contact her.

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