Montreal dad sues ex spouse for killing son

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Montreal dad sues ex spouse for killing son
Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:01 PM

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MONTREAL — Louise Desnoyers, who last month was sentenced to 15 years in a Vermont prison for drowning her eight-year-old son, is being sued for more than a half-million dollars by her common-law spouse and older son. Court documents allege that Real Langlois has been depressed and anxious since Desnoyers drowned the couple's son, Nicolas, in August, 2006, and was off work for five months. He saw a psychiatrist up until June, says the lawsuit filed Friday in Quebec Superior Court.
Louise Desnoyers, who last month was sentenced to 15 years in a Vermont prison for drowning her eight-year-old son, is being sued for more than a half-million dollars by her common-law spouse and older son. Photo Credit: ALISON REDLICH, Burlington Free Press

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The grieving father is suffering from an "immense loss and gigantic emptiness" since the loss of Nicolas, despite the "unconditional love" of

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his elder son, Vincent. Desnoyers, 51, apparently was upset over the breakup of her 30-year relationship with Langlois, drove Nicolas to Lake Champlain, about 100 kilometres south of Montreal, where the family used to vacation. She drugged her son, then tied his
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wrist to a cast iron radiator and held his head under water. In sentencing Desnoyers, Judge Michael Kupersmith said he was convinced she knew what she was doing, because soon after the crime, she admitted she had to struggle to hold a fighting Nicolas down. "While fighting for his life, Nicolas had time to be afraid and to feel his strength leaving him," the suit says, in claiming $75,000 on behalf of the dead boy, for the suffering he felt before his death Langlois, who lives in Montreal, is asking for damages for his suffering and loss of his son, but also for funeral expenses, loss of revenue, psychology bills and legal costs.

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Montreal dad sues ex spouse for killing son

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The couple's other son, Vincent, who is seven years older than Nicolas, was deeply traumatized by his brother's death, the suit says. He is filled with anger, sadness and incomprehension, but above all, a deep sense of betrayal toward his mother. He is claiming $215,000 in damages. In total, the two are asking for $535,924. Louise Desnoyers, 51, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March. Desnoyers has already served three years of her sentence at a correctional facility in Swanton, Vt.

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