Mother who killed three girls attempts suicide

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The mother attempted suicide in her cell at the Bassone di Como prison in Lecco. Photo: Google Maps
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A mother in Lecco, northern Italy, who stabbed her three daughters to death in March has attempted suicide in her prison cell, according to media reports.

Edlira Dobrushi, 37, tried to hang herself in her prison cell, according to TGcom24, before being stopped by a prison guard.

On March 9th, the mother, who is originally from Albania, stabbed her three daughters, aged three, ten and 13, 90 times at their family home in Lecco, northern Italy.

While the youngest were killed while they slept, the eldest reportedly tried to defend herself from her mother.

Dobrushi then put the children's’ bodies on a bed and called a neighbour, telling them, “my daughters are no more” before trying to commit suicide, according to reports at the time.

Dobrushi was then taken to hospital with wrist injuries where she was questioned by police. “It was me, I was desperate,” the mother of three was quoted as telling investigators.

The family was in a dire economic situation and Dobrushi’s husband had recently left her because she suffered from depression, TGcom24 said.

The girls’ father, 45-year-old Bashkim Dobrushi, had moved out of the family home and was reportedly visiting his parents in his native Albania when the murders happened.

His brother, also living in Lecco, tracked him down to tell them his daughters had been killed. The father had reportedly started a new relationship and had gone home to tell his family he was separating from his wife.

Responding to the news, one of the Dobrushi family’s neighbours said they were “distraught”.

“I just can’t believe this act of madness. I knew Simona, Casey and Leandsy very well because I took them to school. They lived here for four or five years and never caused any problems. They were an absolutely normal family,” the neighbour told TGcom24.

The mother’s Facebook account was deleted following the murders, although it reportedly contained a series of photographs of her daughters describing them as “my strength” a week ago, and the youngest as “my guardian angel”.

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Since the murder the mother has undergone psychiatric treatment before being moved to Bassone di Como prison in Lecco (see below).

Dobrushi is now being treated at the Sant’Anna di Como hospital.

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