Woman who killed boy not criminally responsible: judge

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A British Columbia woman on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old autistic boy was found not criminally responsible Friday due to mental disorder.

Both Crown and defence lawyers agreed during the second-degree murder trial of Kimberly Ruth Noyes that she was psychotic when she stabbed John Fulton to death last August in her home in Grand Forks, B.C.

During the trial, the court heard about Noyes’ long history of mental illness and her one-time belief that she should sacrifice her own daughter in order to resurrect her.

Psychiatrist Dr. Honald Vasi testified that Noyes did not recognize that she had bipolar disorder, refused to take medications, and believed she had supernatural powers.

Vasi said Noyes was diagnosed in 2003 with bipolar disorder, a condition that causes manic delusional episodes as well as suicidal depressions.

Noyes believed her dead father was God, that the devil was in her house and that God was coming in a helicopter to take everyone away.


In August 2007, Vasi saw Noyes again. She told him she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit with seven babies.

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