Belizean to stand trial for allegedly drowning her children

BELMOPAN, Belize, Tuesday September 10, 2013 – A 22-year-old woman, who allegedly drowned three of her children at a beach earlier this year, is due to appear in court on September 17.

Felicia Chen, who has been charged with three counts of murder, has been undergoing psychiatric evaluation at the Mental Health Acute Unit at the Palm View Centre.

Police said that Chen on April 27 took a bus to the Belizean Beach with her four children, ages one to six, and walked them into the sea.

Chen is alleged to have drowned the children – one year old Trinaya Felicia Tuel, three-year-old brother Thomas and four-year-old Triana Tuel – by forcibly submerging them in the water in the first reported case of infanticide in Belize.

The eldest child ran for help and in the process escaped meeting the same fate as her siblings.

Police have charged Chen, who had her first child at age 15, and according to media reports was a victim of domestic abuse, with three counts of murder.

She has appeared in court on at least two occasions but has been ordered back for further evaluation.

Television reports said that the court has now been presented with a report indicating that Chen can be released from the psychiatric unit and is scheduled to appear in court on September 17.(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)