Victoria mother found guilty of killing her 18 month old daughter

A 34 year old Victoria mother has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of her infant daughter.

A jury has found Kaela Mehl deliberately killed her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte Cunningham by feeding her sleeping pills mixed into yogurt before smothering her on Sept. 16, 2015.

The mandatory sentence for a murder conviction in Canada is a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. 

Mehl had pleaded not guilty to the charge, but admitted to killing the toddler.

Her defence lawyers tried to prove Mehl was suffering from a mental disorder when the murder took place, and also believed she was protecting her baby from perceived threats by killing her.  But the Crown argued that the mother deliberately killed the child.

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