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Greek Mother Found Guilty of Killing Daughter, Two More Cases Coming

ATHENS – A 35-year-old mother from the western city of Patras was found guilty in the murder of her eldest daughter, who was 9 at the time – with trials pending for the deaths of her other two children.

The verdict came from a Mixed Jury Court March 29 which could bring a life sentence for Roula Pispirigou, with the jury and judge agreeing she killed her daughter, Georgina, in January 2022 and of attempting to kill her the previous year when she was in a hospital.

That first attempt failed and left the girl, who was said to be an active, happy child, completely paralyzed, the mother killing her later with the cat anesthetic ketamine while being hospitalized.

The court found that Pispirigou committed both the offense of premeditated manslaughter and attempted premeditated manslaughter although her lawyer tried to discredit the case, the doctors and the judges.

Trial of Roula Pispirigou for the death of her first-born daughter, Georgina, Friday March 29, 2024. (KOSTAS ΤΖΟΥΜΑΣ/EUROKINISSI)

She stands accused of also killing her other daughters, Malena, 3 ½ – who also died in a hospital in April 2019, and Iris, 6 months old, who died at home in March 2021.

Autopsies revealed the deaths of Malena and Iris were not the result of natural causes. Her lawyer, Alexis Kougias, earlier said he wanted her evaluated to see if she suffered from Munchausen Syndrome, in which someone pretends to be ill.

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