A mother has pleaded guilty to murdering her only child after being told by her boyfriend: 'It's her or me'.
Penny Boudreau strangled her 12-year-old daughter Karissa in a twisted bid to stop her boyfriend from ending their affair.
The heartless mother ignored her terrified daughter's cries of 'Mummy, don't!' as she pinned her to the ground and wrapped a rope around her neck, prosecutor Paul Scovi told a Canadian court.
Then Boudreau, 34, drove to a nearby river and pulled Karissa's trousers partly off to make it look like she was the victim of a sex attack.
She rolled her daughter's body into the river and threw away the rope.
In a bid to conceal the horrific crime she later claimed her daughter had gone missing after they had an argument and made TV appeals for her return.
Two weeks later the remains of Karissa were found on the banks of the river.
Bourdeau broke down in tears in court as she pleaded guilty to murder and said, 'I'm sorry'.
Relatives wept openly in the courtroom in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, as Karissa's final hours were revealed by prosecutors.
The court heard that the single mother moved in with her boyfriend Vernon MacCumber.
MacCumber did not get on with the 12-year-old Karissa, and issued an ultimatum that either she went or he would end the relationship.
Bourdeau chose to sacrifice her daughter's life.
On returning home she threw away some of Karissa's clothes to make it look like she had run away. She also called her boyfriend to tell him her daughter had gone missing.
It is unclear if MacCumber knew what she had done. The pair attended Karissa's funeral together.
During a series of TV appeals Boudreau claimed she and her daughter had argued and made a tearful appeal for her return.
Police always suspected Boudreau but had no evidence to charge her after Karissa's body was found in February 2008.
Undercover investigators only learned the grizzly details of the murder after a sting operation in which officers posed as organised crime bosses who convinced Boudreau they could destroy whatever evidence the police might have against her.
Boudreau took the bait and began talking. She was charged with murder in June 2008.
The judge Justice Margaret Stewart, looking directly at Boudreau, told her: 'You can never call yourself mother.
'The words, 'Mommy, don't,' are there to haunt you for the rest of your life.'
Boudreau pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was jailed for 20 years without parole when she appeared in court on Friday.
Source: Daily Mail
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