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Police: Woman killed husband, child

Detective said he wouldn't speculate on history of mental illness, post-partum psychosis

The Toronto Star, Curtis Rush, Staff Reporter, Dec. 3, 2004

Andre Labbe holds her children Brigitte, left, and Zoe in a photo taken on Mother's Day, 2003. Zoe and her mother died Dec. 1, while Brigitte was severely injured.

Andrea Labbe killed her husband, Brian Langer, her daughter Zoe, 3, and critically wounded another daughter, Brigitte, before stabbing herself to death, police confirmed today at a news conference. “This is a tragic case. There are no good answers for the families,” Detective Sergeant Chris Buck told reporters, but he wouldn' t speculate on whether Labbe had a history of mental illness or whether she was suffering from some sort of post-partum psychosis.

She had three children, all 3 and under, including Brigitte, 2, and Margot, seven months.

“We know now the hows, we know the whos. We don' t have all the answers as to the whys and we may never have all the answers to the whys,” Buck said.

The horrific scene was uncovered when emergency crews rushed to the two-storey home on Concord Ave. near Dupont St. and Ossington Ave. Wednesday shortly after 7:30 a.m. following a 911 call from a man who said his wife had stabbed him in the stomach.

Langer was taken to St. Michael' s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The three girls were taken to the Hospital for Sick Children.

Zoe, who had no vital signs, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Brigitte, who turns 2 tomorrow, has regained consciousness and is in stable condition, Buck said.

Buck said police would be examining Labbe' s medical records, but that he would not release the results.

Buck said he broke the news of the post-mortem results to almost 20 members of the families last night. He wouldn' t say how the Labbe family reacted to the news that Andrea had committed the crime.

The autopsy results, along with forensic analysis, showed that Langer, 47, was stabbed in the torso, daughter Zoe, 3, was stabbed in the neck and Labbe, 26, suffered a self-inflicted stab wound to the neck.

Brigitte was also stabbed but she is expected to live.

The detective added that Margot, the seven-month-old baby who was unharmed, has been transferred from the Children' s Aid Society to relatives. Brigitte will be released to relatives as well when she is well enough to leave hospital, Buck said.

Buck was visibly shaken by the events.

“Brigitte turns 2 years old tomorrow,” he said in a halting, quaking voice. “The families have to try to get past what' s happened and move on to the many tomorrows. We have Christmas around the corner.”

The crime has touched thousands of people and that is reflected in the dozens of flowers that have been left at the house and the scenes of many people who knew the family, openly weeping in front of the house and trying to come to grips with the tragedy.

Langer was president of a company that sells a computer program used in printing direct mail.

Thousands of business clients across the United States are also grieving. In email postings on a group website and in interviews, they all described him as a genuine, caring and professional man who will be sorely missed.

Buck called for people to respect the privacy of the families at this time of great sorrow.

“The families are now in the process of preparing for three funerals,” he said. “They are all grieving together. As a community, we can grieve with them. But also, as a community, we need to respect the privacy of these families. We need to let go and we need to let these families get on with their lives.”

Supporting Child Identity Rights

The Australian

Fathers demand mandatory paternity testing

A men's rights group has called for mandatory paternity testing of all babies after government figures revealed almost 600 instances of men compelled to financially support children they did not father.

Since changes to child support laws four years ago, there had been 586 cases of men successfully using DNA testing to show they were not biologically related to children they had been financially supporting, the federal government has revealed to The Australian.

Paternity Fraud Philippines

DNA paternity test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge | Visayan Daily Star Newspaper | Phillipines

DNA test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge

The Visayan Daily Star, Bacolod City, Philippines, BY CARLA GOMEZ, February 28, 2009

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Ray Alan Drilon has annulled the marriage of a Negrense couple after a DNA test showed that the child borne by the wife was not the biological offspring of the husband who works abroad.

The family court judge ruled that the marriage of the couple, whose names are being withheld by the DAILY STAR on the request of the court, was null and void.

Due to fraud committed by the wife in getting her overseas worker husband to marry her, properties acquired during their marriage are awarded in favor of the husband, the judge said in his decision, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday.

The judge also declared that since the overseas worker is not the biological, much less the legitimate father of the child of the woman, the Civil Registrar is ordered to change the surname of the child to the mother's maiden name and remove the name of the plaintiff as father of the child.

The complainant said he was working as an electronics engineer in the United Arab Emirates and on his return to the Philippines in 2001, his girlfriend of 10 years with whom he had sex, showed him a pregnancy test result showing that she was pregnant.

On receiving the news he was overjoyed and offered to marry her. Shortly after he went to Saudi Arabia to work, and his wife gave birth to a baby girl in the same year.

The birth of the child only five months after their marriage puzzled him but his wife told him that the baby was born prematurely, so he believed her, the husband said. Read More ..

Paternity Fraud - Civil Lawsuit
Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

Courier-Mail Newspaper
Australia

Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

From correspondents in Rio de Janeiro
Agence France-Presse

September 18, 2007

A BRAZILIAN woman has been ordered by the country's Supreme Court to pay a hefty fine to her husband for failing to mention that he was not the father of two of their children.

The Rio de Janeiro woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was ordered to pay her husband over $US100,000 ($120,170 Australian Dollars) for having hidden from him for almost two decades that the children in question were fathered by a lover, the court's offices said yesterday.

The husband also had sought damages from his wife's lover, the court said.

Associated Press Man Can Sue Woman For Sperm Theft Distress

Man Can Sue Woman For Sperm Theft Distress

Associated Press, U.S.A.
Feb. 24, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) A woman accused of using her lover's sperm to impregnate herself without his knowledge can be held liable for the unwitting father's emotional pain, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled.

In the ruling released Wednesday, a three-judge panel reinstated part of a lawsuit against Sharon Irons, a doctor from Olympia Fields. The ruling sends the case back to Cook County Circuit Court.

Irons was sued by her former lover, Chicago family physician Richard O. Phillips, who accused her of a "calculated, profound personal betrayal" of him after a brief affair they had six years ago.

Woman failed to tell man he was not father

West Australian News

21st December 2005

A pregnant woman has a duty of care not to tell a sexual partner he is the father of her unborn child if it is possible another man is the real father a District Court judge has ruled.

And mother-of-three, Kellie Gray, of Pinjarra, was negligent in not having a paternity test done as soon as her son was born, Judge John Wisbey said in his judgement in a damages action by a father who turned out not to be the father.

Rodney Macdonald, of Kewdale, claimed damages of about $70,000AUD from Ms Gray on the grounds that he was tricked into believing he was the father of her son. He gave up a well paid mining job to move to Perth to be nearer the child.  Read More ..

Fathering Magazine

A Woman's Right to be Criminal

December 5, 2002

I read a USA Today article on child support by Martin Kasindorf entitled, Men wage battle on 'paternity fraud'. Paternity fraud is when a woman names the wrong man as a father for the purpose of forcing him to pay child support. The words 'paternity fraud' were in quotes as if they referred to someone's questionable characterization rather than a straightforward fact. This might have moved me to let out a long sigh except that I knew it would not have been worth the trouble. I know from experience that 'paternity fraud' would not have been in quotes unless we were being prepared for some unadulterated bullshit. Read More ..

South Korean Husband Win Paternity Fraud Lawsuit - Associated Press

South Korean Husband Wins Paternity Fraud Lawsuit

Associated Press, USA
June 1, 2004

South Korean husband successfully sues wife for Paternity Fraud and gets marriage annulled.  Wins $42,380 in compensation   Read More ..

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.

Paternity Fraud & the Criminal Code of Canada

Paternity fraud: Is it or should it be a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada?

You be the judge.  Read More ..

Associated Press U.S.A. - Man Jailed for not sypporting child who isn't his

Man jailed for not supporting kid who isn't his

Mistaken-identity victim forced to pay $12,000 to someone else's daughter

Associated Press, USA, December 6, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Philadelphia man was forced to pay more than $12,000 in child support for another man's daughter and spent two years in jail for falling behind on payments.

Dauphin County prosecutor Edward M. Marsico Jr. told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that he is examining the case of Walter Andre Sharpe Jr., who has been unable to recover the money even after establishing that he isn't the girl's father.  Read More ..

Former U.S. Army Paratrooper Faces Paternity Fraud

Former Army paratrooper, Walter "Buddy" Everhart, of Powder Springs, Ga., was married for fourteen years in a union that produced five children, or so he thought. After his divorce, his world was turned upside down when he learned that three, and possibly four, of the children he thought were his biologically, are not. DNA testing has conclusively proved it, according to the National Family Justice Association. Read More ..