The mother of 12-year-old murder victim Karissa Boudreau is in hospital for undisclosed reasons, CTV News has learned.
Penny Boudreau's next-door neighbour Scott Saunders watched as she was taken away by paramedics from her home in Bridgewater, N.S. on Monday morning, he told CTV Atlantic.
"She did look like she was awake but she wasn't moving. All I could really see was her hair and her face and then I saw her bare feet peeking out from the stretcher," said Saunders, who was home sick when he awoke this morning to the sound of sirens in his building's parking lot.
"I heard ambulances outside of my building, and then shortly after that the ... paramedics moved Mrs. Boudreau from her unit," he said.
Several hours later, Karissa Boudreau's aunt arrived at the Jubilee Road apartment building after visiting the Bridgewater hospital.
When asked how Penny Boudreau was doing, Karissa's aunt April O'Reilly told CTV that she was "OK."
A hospital spokesperson told CTV News she could neither confirm nor deny that Boudreau had in fact been hospitalized.
When contacted by phone, however, a law enforcement official said authorities had been at the hospital to check on Boudreau's status.
For neighbours like Saunders, this is the latest chapter in a troubling saga.
"It's been very stressful, everybody is still grieving, trying to let go, but still kind of hanging in there," Saunders said.
Late Monday afternoon, O'Reilly told CTV News that Boudreau is expected to be in hospital until at least Tuesday.
Karissa disappeared on Jan. 27 after having an argument with her mother in the parking lot of a Bridgewater shopping mall.
Penny Boudreau said she went into a grocery store after the argument and returned to her car 10 minutes later to find her daughter was missing. She later made two emotional pleas to the public for Karissa's safe return.
The little girl's body was found on Feb. 9, covered in snow beside the bank of a local river. Police are treating her death as a homicide, the town of 8,000's first since 1993.
Police arrested and released two suspects in the days following. While they told the tight-knit community to be vigilant, police also said that they were treating Karissa's murder as an isolated incident.
Everybody I know as well as myself here in NS know exactly what it's like in the Valley and in places like Bridgewater. Parents and families are pretty screwed up (Not all, but there's plenty) My ex came from one of those types of families and I could list you a pile of baggage within her family alone.... but I won't because it's irrelevent and not really anybody else's business.
But things like this occur from time to time down there. the daughter just moved back in with her mom from living with her father for a period of time. They got into a fight.... now she's dead. Her father pretty well took over everything after the death. Two suspects were brought in and then released. Now the mother was admitted to hospital, yet they wouldn't confirm or deny it.
Because her mother is most likely one of the prime suspects. She played out her little sob story on the TV like the actor she is, and then now she's in the hospital?
Do you guys ever notice the trend that when parents lose their children, esspecially when they are murdered, that they usually go public on TV and make an outcry for justice and to seek those who killed their kid?
I don't remember hearing her do this since the murder. Now she's a very credible suspect in this situation, I bet dollars to doughnuts her daughter got lippy with her for whatever reason.... possibly for the same reason why she was with her father to begin with.... and decided to kill her and cover it up.
Now the walls are closing on her and I imagine there was a suicide attempt because soon, if not already, her neighbors and friends already know the story.... it's a small town don't forget.... where everybody knows everybody's business.
This is speculation at this point, but for the last few weeks I have suspected her mother, and this was sorta a tipping point for me.
So now I present the question to you guys: