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MONTREAL — Radio-Canada is reporting that a Quebec woman charged with murdering her three young children has starved herself to death.

The CBC’s French-language network says Sonia Blanchette died in a Montreal hospital early this morning, the same day she was to appear in court to have a date set for her first-degree murder trial.

Blanchette was charged in the December 2012 deaths of Lorelie, 5, Loic, 4, and Anais, 2.

They were found dead in her apartment in Drummondville, midway between Montreal and Quebec City.

The coroner ruled the two youngest children drowned while the oldest child was killed by a combination of strangling and drowning.

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