A judge has found a Saskatoon woman not criminally responsible for killing her 5 year old son.
Kellie Johnson was charged with first degree murder in January of 2014 after the body of Johnathan Vetter was found in his home. Johnson, who has schizophrenia, told police she was hallucinating that a woman was going to kill her by giving her a blood clot in her legs. She believed that when she died, her son would be sexually molested by her ex-husband, and would in turn become a child molester, eventually being sent to hell. Johnson said that her only option to protect her son was to kill him before she died so he would go to heaven. Johnson used a kitchen knife she had previously bought to slit her son's throat.
Judge Neil Gabrielson says Johnson caused Vetter's death, and did know her actions would result in his death. However, Gabrielson found that Johnson would not have known that her actions were morally wrong. The judge said at the time Johnson killed Vetter, she "believed she was doing the only thing which could save him from eternal damnation".
Two medical experts in the trial told court they believed Johnson was not acting rationally, but one expert said she understood the moral implications. Crown prosecutor Brian Hendrickson says it was the first time in his career that he has seen three experts agree on all but one issue.
She will now return back to the Battleford Hospital and will later appear before the Saskatchewan Review Board. Defense lawyer Leslie Sullivan says the odd time that Johnson was transferred to the Women's Correctional Centre in Prince Albert, her mental health deteriorated quickly, so it's best for both Johnson and the public that she can get the help she needs.