Sophie Fitzpatrick

7 year old girl adopted from China 5 years earlier was strangled by her adoptive mother. Kathrine Dufresne, aka Kathy Fitzpatrick, had self inflicted wounds when the 2 were discovered by the father (apparent failed murder-suicide). Dufresne was charged with murder but committed suicide in custody prior to the trial.
Date: 2011-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: no


Chelsea, Quebec
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DocumentDatesort icon
Mother killed herself before jail move2012-01-13
Tragedy eludes explanation2012-01-12
Chelsea killer mom dies in hospital2012-01-12
De prévention du suicide dans les prisons du Québec a claqué après suspects assassiner meurt2012-01-12
Chelsea, Quebec mom tries to kill herself in Hull prison2012-01-11
Chelsea, Quebec mother charged with first-degree murder fit to stand trial2012-01-09
Chelsea mom charged with killing daughter to stand trial2012-01-09
Catherine Dufresne’s trial postponed2011-11-24
Quebec girl's autopsy results withheld2011-10-26
Chelsea, Quebec mom charged with killing daughter Sophie Fitzpatrick2011-10-26
Que. woman accused of killing 7-year-old daughter appears in court2011-10-24
Quebec mom faces 1st-degree murder charge Kathrine Dufresne, 53, makes surprise court appearance despite injuries2011-10-24
Catherine Dufresne charged with murdering seven-year-old daughter Sophie Fitzpatrick2011-10-24
Quebec woman charged in adopted daughter's death2011-10-24
Girl, 7, strangled: Reports2011-10-23
Mom charged with murder of daughter, 72011-10-22

The effect of a photo

After all these years... after reviewing hundreds of archived cases, there still remains a small number of specific photos taken of now dead adoptees that really touch, hurt, and haunt me.

This poor little face will be among that unfortunate group.

There are days I leave PPL feeling really proud, inspired and strong...

And then there are nights like tonight that make me hurt so bad, I can't hide my crying.

<tired slump>


the photo

Yes, I think the photos are powerful too.

Such a beautiful girl.


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