Court hears that doctors agree woman was suffering a mental illness when she killed toddler

Two forensic psychiatrists are in agreement that a woman was suffering from a mental disorder when she killed her toddler daughter last year.

The woman, who can’t be named by court order, has pleaded NOT guilty by reason of insanity.

Yesterday, the jury heard the woman suffocated her 3yo daughter with a pillow their living room in February 2018.

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Following her arrest, she told Gardaí she had been thinking about it for a few days beforehand.

She told psychiatrists she did it because she felt she couldn’t give her the life she deserved due to what one medical expert described as an “unrealistic and pessimistic view” about her child’s prospects.

The court heard she was awaiting the results of a psychological assessment on her daughter in the wake of concerns that she had autism.

Following her own online research, her mother became convinced and obsessed that she had a severe form of the condition.

Psychiatrists for both sides concluded that she was having a severe depressive episode with psychotic features when she killed her.

The jurors will soon be asked to consider whether to acquit her, convict her of murder or return the special verdict of NOT guilty by reason as insanity as per her plea.