Mother of girl, 8, who died in balcony fall faces 10 years in jail

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The mother of an eight-year-old girl who died after falling from a block of flats in Hoogeveen in 2015 should be jailed for 10 years for her murder, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

The public prosecutor says Hélène J, first tried to strangle her daughter Sharleyne and then threw her over the balustrade on the 10th floor of the block of flats where she lived.

Expert witnesses have told the court there is evidence of strangulation but that it was not fatal. J continues to insist she knows nothing of how her daughter came to die and alcohol tests prove that she had drunk a considerable amount on the evening in question.

On Friday, the father of Sharleyne, demanded €100,000 in compensation from the mother in court.

Victor Remouchamps wants compensation for post-traumatic stress and his efforts in bringing the case to court. He had separated from the mother in 2011 but has claimed he warned youth care services before the child’s death that she was in danger and should be removed from her mother’s care.

Initially, the public prosecution service had not found enough evidence to prosecute.

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