A pregnant Felicia Chen Now Behind Bars Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Felicia Chen22-year-old Felicia Chen has been declared fit to stand trial and is now behind bars at the Belize Central Prison. On Tuesday, April 30th, Chen was charged with three counts of murder for allegedly drowning three of her four children at Belizean Beach on Saturday, April 27th. Since her arraignment she has been in a medical facility where she was being observed and treated for some form of mental disorder.

Chen has appeared in the Magistrate's Court numerous times since she was arrested but was ordered to return to the mental health facility until a doctor could declare her fit to stand trial. On Tuesday, September 17th, she was escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court once again. The press was ordered to exit the courtroom because of the sensitivity of the case. According to reports, Dr. Wesley Quimbo declared that she was now medically fit to leave the mental health institution and stand trial. Chief Magistrate Anne-Marie Smith then ordered that she be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until her next court appearance on November 8th. Chen was represented by Attorney Antoinette Moore. 

On Saturday, April 27th, Chen reportedly left her Mile 8 home from where she caught a bus and stopped off at Belizean Beach. Whilst at the swimming area, she allegedly drowned her children one by one. The children killed were 2 girls and a boy, aged 1, 3 and 4 years old. Her eldest daughter, age 6, saw what her mother was doing and ran screaming for help. By the time police personnel and Coast Guard authorities from the area responded three of the children were already dead. Their lifeless bodies were found floating in the shallow waters.

It is noteworthy that at her most recent court appearance, Chen appeared to be pregnant. It is not known whether she was pregnant before her ordeal began or whether she was impregnated whilst being held at the mental institution.