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Greek Woman Accused of Killing Daughter Detained Ahead of Trial

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Roula Pispirigou is led to the court in Athens. Credit: Greek Reporter

Late on Monday, it was concluded that a Greek woman accused of killing her hospitalized 9-year-old daughter will be detained until her hearing.

Roula Pispirigou from the western port city of Patras is being held under enhanced protection measures to protect her from other inmates.

Earlier, the 33-year-old suspect was led to an Athens court for an arraignment under heavy police protection. Angry onlookers hurled insults and attempted to assault her.

Authorities are also investigating the deaths of the suspect’s two other daughters. She has denied any wrongdoing, and her lawyer, speaking on behalf of Pispirgou, stated that his client believes her daughter’s death to be an incident of medical error.

The suspect was arrested last week after an anesthetic drug was found to have been administered to her nine-year-old daughter, Georgina, who died in January following a lengthy hospital stay.

Toxicological and histological tests revealed ketamine which was not prescribed by any doctor.

Authorities investigate whether woman was involved in the deaths of two more daughters

Georgina’s death in 2022 had been preceded by those of her six-month-old sister, Iris, in 2021 and her 3.5-year-old sister Malena in 2019 and sparked investigations into the cause of death, which had baffled doctors, of all three children.

The case has attracted widespread public interest, as it appears to be the first case of its kind in recent Greek history.

The Athens News Agency reports that the police report sent to the public prosecutor regarding Georgina’s death notes that the young girl had consumed a lethal amount of ketamine which caused her death within 20 minutes of consumption. She was alone with her mother at the time.

Furthermore, according to the report, no doctor or nurse visited the child for a whole hour prior to symptoms of poisoning. There is also no note in Georgina’s medical file of any ketamine having either been prescribed or administered to the nine-year-old.

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