Toronto Sun

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Mom gets 8 years for tot deaths

By KEVIN MARTIN, SUN MEDIA
Toronto Sun

CALGARY -- Desperation and depression drove Rie Fujii to abandon her infant children until they starved to death, a judge said yesterday.

"It is difficult to understand how any adult could so neglect a child with such inevitable, horrible consequences," Justice Peter Martin said, in handing Fujii the equivalent of an eight-year sentence. "She left them for 10 days, dooming them to certain death."

Fujii, 24, pleaded guilty in July to manslaughter in the May 2001 deaths of her children.

She left Gemini, three months and Domenic, 15 months, alone in a stark apartment while she went on a 10-day sex romp with her new boyfriend.

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