Petition calls for continuation of Sarah Lynn Augustine trial

From left Rachel, Sophia and Sarah Lyn Augustine
From left Rachel, Sophia and Sarah Lynn Augustine

A petition has been launched on the internet seeking signatures and calling for the continuation of a court case involving Sarah Lynn Augustine, who was accused of murdering her two children in 2010.

The petition, once it has enough signatures, is to be sent to John Baird, minister for foreign affairs of Canada, prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit and Director of public prosecution, Evelina Baptiste.

It is asking that the matter be continued in court in Dominica and the minister for foreign affairs in Canada, where Sarah Lynn currently lives, “to enter into and enforce a specific agreement with Dominica for her treatment, evaluation and extradition for trial in accordance to the powers granted him under the Extradition Act Sec 10(1).”

The petition is being organized by Sarah Lynn’s brother, Dennis Augustine, who told DNO he is doing it for the protection of his sister, to honor the lives of the two children and to bring closure to the matter.

“There has been no closure, the trial was not completed there has not even been a plea,” he said via telephone from Canada. “So I don’t have a matter of opinion, it is a matter of fact. There has been no closure in this thing and the closure in this thing is the right thing to do morally and legally.”

On September 28, 2010 Sarah Lynn was charged for the murder of her two children, five-year-old Rachael Vigilant and two-month-old Sophia Vigilant.

It is alleged that she stabbed Rachael 45 times and Sophia 31 times.

The incident, which shocked the nation, took place at their Mahaut home in the wee hours of September 16, 2010.

Sarah Lynn was charged with murder but then Director of Public Prosecution, Gene Pestaina, decided to discontinue the case against her.

He said his decision was based on a psychiatrist’s report which said she was “mentally fit to plead and answer the charges against her” but also said she was “diagnosed as suffering with Postpartum Depression, a clinical illness characterized by a major depressive episode”.

He also said his decision was based on the fact that Canadian authorities agreed to provide necessary psychiatric facilities for Sarah Lynn.

Sometime after the incident, she was sent to Canada for treatment.

Dennis Augustine believes it is not proper that the trial was not completed and he believes now is the right time to have it done.

“So whether it is now or fifty years from now, it is the right thing to do,” he stated.

Augustine said he is not being vindictive or on a crusade against his sister.

“I have not one interest in being vindictive against my sister. I have a great deal of compassion for my sister,” he said. “It is my hope and my expectation if the medical and legal investment that we submitted to the court holds up, that she would be found not guilty by reason of insanity, she would be treated and measures will be put in place to protect society, protect her and any future children that she may have. That is my hope. I want my sister to live a long happy, prosperous, life where she can turn this tragedy into something positive. So there isn’t any sense of vendetta at all.”

Augustine said it is difficult to describe the impact of the incident on the family.

“You can imagine how losing two children you love dearly would affect any family and also the conflicting feelings of having the person who killed them is someone you love,” he said. “So I can’t possibly describe to you how it’s affected our family. We don’t need to be angry that this happened. I would like to see it finished and finished right.”

Sarah Lynn herself had said she wants to testify in court to tell her side of the story.

“I am not running away from justice,” she told DNO in an interview in August 2012. “But no one will let me talk. I cannot stand the fact that there is no justice for my two kids. I want a fair trial so everyone could move on with their lives.”

If you are interested in signing the petition click on the link below.

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116 Comments

  1. help is on the way
    July 24, 2014

    Sin cannot be covered… Sarah committed a crime .. no one knew the state of mind she was in.. I agree with her brother let he case be tried .. if she is found mentally ill then there will be a court ordered where she would be monitored … from what i see she was not being monitored only if the youtube videos were part of her therapy… We all love our children but we much not love them to their own detriment…….. She needs to be tried but she also needs deliverance and the family has to be honest enough to seek it for her…..

  2. Brampton/Mahaut
    July 24, 2014

    .thestar.com/news/2014/07/23/exclusive_mom_accussed_of_murdering_daughters_overseas_is_free_in_canada.html

    Look, look. NO RECORD IN CANADA of the crime. JUSTICE have to served

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      This is exactly what I thought and stated. They hid it very well from the Canadian authorities. I was not wrong. Once the Media gets hold of it, they will make a lot about it. Dominica will now be in the limelight over this.
      I do not think she was ever handed over to Canadian government authorities. I have written much on this matter and so I will not repeat myself.
      Let us see what the Canadian government will do about that.

  3. hmm
    July 24, 2014

    this woman on FB living her life and she cause her crime. shes not sick she was wicked smh jah not a police

  4. July 24, 2014

    Anytime you question the status quo, you attack the conspiracy theory ! From what i am reading, in dominica it seems like it is a norm to put the cart before the horse. We never allow for jurisprudence to take its course which make us look so stupid in the eyes of the world. We always have remorse for the victimizer but not the victims. We are setting bad precedents for futuristic situations to come. We should not allow for these things to happen as a people and we should encourage rather than discourage the man in his pursuits. I encourage every one to sign the petition and allow for justice to be expedited.
    As stated in the article above (Sarah Lyn herself had said she wants to testify in court to tell her side of the story.

    “I am not running away from justice,” she told DNO in an interview in August 2012. “But no one will let me talk. I cannot stand the fact that there is no justice for my two kids. I want a fair trial so everyone could move on with their lives.”)
    I am in agreement with her brother, there should be closure in the right way..

    THAT IS MY OPINION ON THE MATTER..fell free to disagree! :idea:

  5. The Facts
    July 24, 2014

    Please let me inform you. This is a story which should concern all of us. We should take it to heart for specifically those two children. After Sarah Lyn Augustine was back in Canada, the murders of those two children, babies bothered me so much that I decided to write to my MP – Member of Parliament about it with relevant information.
    There was one more government department which I contacted but will not reveal it. I spoke to an authority at length. While speaking to the person, the person accessed DNO and saw the information; no doubt made note of it. I was informed that it is documented for future reference.
    I suppose that I could have done more by telephoning certain other government departments but I am busy and for that moment I let it ride. In my heart I knew this was not the end of this case and it would re-surface.
    I read the full story as posted on DNO and the DPP’s excuses why he chose to close the case, for one who was out on bail. My instinct told me that the DPP lied to the Dominican people.
    I wrote/commented much on this matter on DNO’s Website. My interest was that she should not have been allowed to leave D/ca and should have stood trial for the murders of those children.
    I also wrote via email to the PRIDE Newspapers, Camera Newspapers and Share Newspapers in Toronto. Would you believe, none responded.
    My plan was to telephone my MP who is in Ottawa most of the time in Parliament. He resides in the area in which I reside in and has an office in that area.
    I have no idea what the MP of all did with the writing or his secretary/admin.assistant. Now that it is in the News, I will contact my MP’s office and request that my MP telephone me. I have no interest to meet with him. We can converse on the telephone.
    I will be contacting the other Media and ask what did they do with my writing. They, the Media publish the news. Why did they not report it? They report all murder stories throughout the West Indies. They could have accessed DNO and read the articles. It is my feeling they probably did not want to get involved and threw it under the rug, so to speak. Well, let me see if they will print the story now that it is in the News. It should make big news.
    I will also ask them what did they do with my writing. When I receive a response, I will give them Hell. They will find out for sure.
    If I had written to all the Canadian Media TV and newspapers in Toronto, they would have known about it and Canadians would have been aware of it since then.
    If both children are Canadians, be it one, the Toronto/Ontario Police should have been involved. I am convinced that if the Canadian Government was aware of this from the moment she arrived in Canada or before, upon her arrival she would have been incarcerated be it in a mental home or some other home.
    Take my word for it, the Canadian Government was not aware of it. If they were and did nothing, hid it, they are answerable to the Canadian people, all of us who are Canadians be it through naturalization. The Media will talk to the relevant department. They will be asked why did they not divulge this information.
    I could contact John Baird’s office as well, not for personal information but to find out if they were aware of this case since then.

  6. theory (Unbiased)
    July 23, 2014

    Sarah and girls’ father was no longer together. She looked at her two beautiful children. She felt sorry for them, she felt sorry for herself. Like all of us who have been overseas and depressed, Sarah saw Dominica as an escape and base to withdraw and come up with a plan. I believe that night, she had no intention of killing the kids. She said in her 2012 video that she contemplated the way she should end her life. She was frantic, under stress and the children were adding to her anxiousness. Rachel woke up and she tried to explain to this innocent

  7. July 23, 2014

    I am a Canadian citizen; a pastor with a keen sense of justice, but also one who knows there are times when mercy is indicated.

    Those closer to the young woman and the double tragedy that now seems to defines her will be better qualified than myself to evaluate the case. I am only expressing my own opinion based on what I have read. Rest assured I am praying for the family and all concerned.

    There should indeed be a trial. Many say this is necessary for closure. Without a trial there is no sense of justice having been done.

    It should be determined if she is fit to stand trial. During the trial the diagnosis of postpartum depression should be taken into consideration meaning the testimony of the psychiatrist must be given place. Her mental state at the time of the murders must be determined best possible. They will try to answer if she understood the finality and criminal nature of her actions.

    There is enough evidence to call for professional treatment. Which ever way the verdict goes I sincerely hope it will include the best best mental health care possible coupled with pastoral care which is an effort to bring Sarah into a right relationship with God through Christ.

    Where the trial is conducted and if she should be expedited are legal matters I do not have the knowledge to intelligently comment on except to say I hope the outcome will give peace to Dennis (her brother) and the family.

    My prayers are with them.

    In all of this the loss of two beautiful little girls must not be lost sight of. A sense of justice – an all around balanced sense of doing what is right – must overcome emotionalism.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  8. Overseas
    July 23, 2014

    there are numerous ideas and comments going around,i do not know which ones are the facts or which is not.After reading the plea made by her brother, I could understand the frustration he has to cope with. My advice is he has to write to the Attorney General of Dominica to re-open the case. No way that someone should walk free after willfully taking other people lives; whether that person is mentally incapable or not. The Magistrate or judge is the only one that can hang down that judgement,and with strict decision.If a Psychiatrist said that she was competent to stand trial, the matter should have been taken before the Magistrate,who in turn should send it to the High Court. On no uncertain terms that the DPP should take it on his own to release that person in the population.On the other hand,i s this young man wants to see his sister incarcerated for the rest of her life or does he wants help for his sister who may be mentally ill. Even if your sister is found guilty by the reason of insanity , she can be put in an institution under medications where she can still spend the rest of her life.If he wants help for his sister,who he thinks is mentally ill, he has the right to go to the Canadian authority and plead his concern. N.B. Your sister is not wanted in Canada for that crime and if she haven’t committed any crime in the said country,they can’t just force her to go into a mental facility and force her to take medication. Sir, i want you to think very hard of what you are getting yourself into. PLEASE SEEK YOUR LAWYER’S ADVICE, before these unforseen events backfire on you and the rest of your family who want to see your justice.

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      They should know what they are doing. Do you not think that they have lawyer representation?

  9. ////
    July 23, 2014

    This is an episode of ID (Investigation Chanel), on Chanel 58 on Marpin.

  10. July 23, 2014

    Dominica justice is a giant mess…that problem was solved too quickly .this petition will never work to get an extradition..why didn’t the brother speak out and tell the comic justice system in dominica that she is capable of facing the court?
    live the woman alone ,the children are happy where they are now,they had a sad ending but no they are safe where no one will hurt them…

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2014

      GB,goat brain you have.that girl should be in jail till she die.It was not fair to the children how they died,

  11. July 23, 2014

    WOW!! What a shame! Why is there a question about this ? this is not a political opinion!!
    It doesn’t matter if she is mentally sick or just plain wicked.
    The Fact is
    If she is mental ..she is a threat to society because this may happen again. IF she is wicked then it will definitely happen again. Either way society (specifically children) are in danger with her free.

    Whatever circumstance triggered this, to stab 2 children over 40 times,simply means she had the state of mind to ensure her task was complete.

    She needs double life in jail or death penalty.

    Nothing will ever bring back the significant roles these kids could have contribute to society

  12. Mae
    July 23, 2014

    This is amazing, someone gets 6 months hard labor for 25 mangoes but this woman murders babies and no trial! Wow! A lot of developed countries recognize postpartum depression but cases don’t just get dropped, what about treatment for these babies.

  13. lh
    July 23, 2014

    Pray for your sister’s deliverance ,don’t increase the pain it’s already bad don’t make it worse,it’s not healthy and it’s not worth it,Give your mom peace of mind,Amen!

  14. 2014
    July 23, 2014

    This gruesome killings left a sore in the hearts of Dominicans.. The story seems to evolve every 2 years!! … Need to close that wound for good…. I’m so tired of this hurt feeling whenever I hear the story..

  15. Presure
    July 23, 2014

    This young lady took the lives of her innocent precious gems (children) She did not kill herself and walk scott free because is insane. Many times these people take their own lives when they are insane, I believe she may ibe competent enough to stand trial. There is something that the brother observe that’s why he is asking for help Why would the brother out of the blue just call for help something isn’t right. I can not believe that the doctor, who said she has a mental problem did not call to testified in court. I though she was in a mental institute I did not know she is out and about. If she said she wants to testify give her a chance too. I think the head is still there. Many times these people do things to get back at the men who was once in their lives. They do the most outrageous thing to get back at a man or woman, Am not the judge or jury I don’t know her situation but if she is alright upstairs and did not take responsibility she have to answer to GOD. I hope she ask GOD to forgive her. He is always willing to welcome us with open arms,

  16. flower
    July 23, 2014

    What the brother has to do is go Canada for her….and lets see if the Canadian authorities will allow it. I believe she is in the right place getting treatment and the brother should just leave it like that. Its very sad what happened to her children but she needs a lot of help and she won’t get it in Dominica. Dominicans are a nation that judge, rejoice and laugh at your mistakes and downfalls before realizing that you have a serious illness/sickness. Leave the girl alone and let God judge her. She is a Canadian not Dominican so she is at her home.

    • July 23, 2014

      Are you kidding me? IF a Dominican did this in Canada do you think the Canadian authorities would say ” Leave it alone”

      Are you condoning the killing of innocent babies just because
      of where ones citizenship is?

      Dear friend, all actions hold consequences whether she is sorry or not, In Dominica or not.

      She is a murderer by Action by law and by Morality.

      Based on her own confession of doing the act…

      “That night I had no intentions of killing my kids,” she said. “None, none at all.”

      the only result now is the consequence that law provides.

      I am sorry if she was a friend .

    • Brampton/Mahaut
      July 23, 2014

      @ Flower: She needs a lot of help which she can’t get in Dominica? Hypocrites, FYI Sarah isn’t even on medication.I”ll pause for now. If you all see Sarah-Lynn you would be shocked, her brother knows what he knows.

  17. Tri-State Beauty
    July 23, 2014

    People just because Sarah-Lynn roadside therapists said she had post-par tum and the dr ran with it, doesn’t mean she is not capable of standing trial and even face imprisonment or being placed in a mental institution. I don’t subscribe to religious dogma and this Satan made me do it foolishness, or her mother suffer enough she is a pastor blah blah. At the end of the day Sarah Lynn has to be made to take responsibility for her actions. She is all over YouTube slandering the very doctor and DPP who set her free, claiming they all said “she was too pretty to be in jail..” which ironically was the most common discussion around this heinous crime. If Sarah-Lynn’s mother and a certain pastor who has close ties to government weren’t buddies, she would have faced the justice system. I don’t know how so called people of christian and bible thumping religions feel this is OK and blame some Satan and evil. Sarah-Lynn was mad at a man, she took it out on her kids. They deserve justice, the matter needs to be settled right.

    The woman is all over the place bragging that she lives with yet another man and wants more babies, what about the babies she can still breed? Who is to say she will not do it again when any man leaves her, or she under her one and sixty? By the way being mentally ill doesn’t exempt one from a trial or punishment. What about those innocent children? is there anyone willing to stand up for them? or are we going to let make-up, contact lens and mama is a preacher Satan took control of her child in retaliation foolishness blind us once more? She should be sent back to Dominica to stand trial and let the chips fall where they may. If she is so mentally disturbed she can get treatment in Stockfarm. People go there for stealing bread & mangoes and she’s on Facebook and YouTube ranting after a cold bloodied double homicide which she describes in scathing details? Some of you too wicked

    • smell a rat ta tat
      July 23, 2014

      You should call your self Tri State Ugliness becaus of your attitude to someone with a mental illness.

      • July 23, 2014

        This woman isn’t mentally ill and again shows no remorse . Go to her face book account and tell me you see a person who shows any remorse or even behaves like she did anything wrong ? Shame on those who abhor evil doers .

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        First it is one illness and now another. How do you know she has a mental illness?

      • Cork Street
        July 24, 2014

        @ smell a rat ta tat.. run your ugly self somewhere. I hate to hurt your weak comment because of your low self esteem but TSB is super intelligent, maybe one of the only real authorities on this topic and my goodness fine, fine as hell!! a real beauty. TSB I’m biting my nails saying this, see I playing bodyguard already?

  18. abbo
    July 23, 2014

    Shame shame shame shame on u ppl come on Skerit and Rise and Go get Sarah

  19. abbo
    July 23, 2014

    I believe the citizen of the dca should hunt that b…. n……

  20. abbo
    July 23, 2014

    Ppl sell drugs go to jail, ppl theif and go to jail, but it’s Ok fir Sarah lyn to kill two young children and escape the clause of the Law with mental disorder?????????? She should be jailed period. Mental insanity has nothing to do with the suffering these kids went through that brutal death the facts Remain she killed the kids. Shame on the autoney general and his crew and pestina should be Fired….
    That’s conspiracy of cheating justice to drop that case n this young lady should rotten in jail.

  21. Anonymous
    July 23, 2014

    :?: :?:

  22. unbelievable
    July 23, 2014

    It’s hard to wrap my head around this. That she has gotten away with double homicide and some people with their misplaced sympathy is making her out to be the victim.

    Imagine being 2 months old and having someone plunge a knife into you 31 times. It’s bad enough they died but it is how that makes it unforgivable. The death penalty is what she deserves. Poor poor kids.

  23. BRAIN DAMAGE
    July 23, 2014

    What such cute little ones! No one has to butcher their little ones like that…… is either they are Fu or they are mad. If not, nearer my God to thee.

  24. Trolol
    July 22, 2014

    Mistah must not like his sister, bro if is her that go into labor and make her children if anybody should be upset and seeking closure, it’s her. If she has forgotten about the incident why bring it up, you all had your opportunity to prosecute her and it has passed, she was in Dominica yall let her go. Apparently Dominica must not have nothing to do if you’re still talking about that case. :lol:

  25. The Facts
    July 22, 2014

    The former DPP did not uphold Dr. Benjamin’s evaluation of Sarah Lynn. I am wondering if he as much as read it and prior to making arrangements for her return to Canada.
    I often wonder who were the Canadian authorities who agreed for her to be returned to Canada and upon her arrival, who received her at Toronto’s Pearson’s Airport? Was she really released in the hands of Canadian authorities?
    I also wonder if the Canadian government was aware that she murdered her two children, would they have welcomed her back to Canada?
    Dominicans should also request/demand that letter or email message (if there is one) when the DPP communicated to them and their response. I am wondering if this communication were only telephone calls and were not recorded.
    As you can see, as mentioned above, much more need to be answered.,
    Ever since these sad incidents occurred and were heard of, I was informed through certain people who were aware of the situation that Sarah Lynne Augustine’s boyfriend got married. He left her and this is the manner in which she retaliated, on the rebound, to get back at the boyfriend, the father of her children. A woman scorned.
    She had relatives and should have given the children to them. Or she could have returned to Canada with them.
    There are those who will make excuses and state that it was post partum and she suffered from a mental breakdown. Dr. Benjamin proved otherwise, that she was fit to stand trial.
    Then the former DPP stated that she would not have received proper medical care since Dominica did not have an appropriate facility. All of you should re-read the articles in case you have forgotten about it. I remember what I read then.
    As for the Canadian government, it would be interesting to know their reaction since they may not have known about it. She returned to Canada. Aside from those of us who knew, not one other Canadian was aware of her and that she murdered her two children.
    If this was known then, the Media would surely have taken it up and broadcasted it all over the country, the US and probably other countries worldwide. It would also have been printed in the newspapers. This would have been big News. It would not be quiet.
    They would have had a field day with this News which would have shocked everyone. I feel that those who heard and read of it would have requested that she returned to Dominica to stand trial. We know how people react to the murder of children. It is no different in Canada. I do not think the Canadian comments would have been compassionate towards her.

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2014

      Well it’s in the news now; just saw it.

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        A bit late, I wonder. I was out earlier and forgot about it. I also forgot to inform some others to view it. It may be in the newspapers.
        CTV Canada AM may carry it and on their usual daily news. What about CP 24 and Global TV? CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation should also carry it.
        The Media and Canadians would surely love that story. Now that her brother is petitioning the Canadian government, it is now broadcasted. I hope they hide nothing. Everything should be out in the open and how she managed to return to D/ca and for what reason prior to murdering her children. She will be quizzed about them and what led her to murder them.
        This is a murder case; murder of two young innocent children which is a serious matter. It is not a matter of allowing her to return to D/ca.
        Many questions will be asked and have to be answered. The former DPP will surely be questioned. Her brother will be asked, “Why now? Why did he not speak up before and what role he played in her return to Canada?” We will hear more.

  26. chat
    July 22, 2014

    She is sick?she should Be granted?WTF I’m earing, n she on Facebook?living life?…What all u want we should worship her?……when she will come n finish with all u race that’s when u all will see who she is….she kil her own children human she suffer to put on earth so isn’t none of us there she can’t do smt….she should Be in jail Right now paying for What she does, not dié Because only God has the Right to take someone life

  27. tell
    July 22, 2014

    If Sarah’s brother is calling for petition to open the case on his sister something is wrong maybe he sees the truth is revealing, so he wants justice for his little niece and nephew.

  28. Sweets
    July 22, 2014

    I dont know Sarah and i dont know what that sort of depression feels like but am human and it hurts so bad to see two beautiful kids died and the way they died!! Justice needs to be served; it cant be swept under the carpet; i need justice for those kids; omg that hurts me so bad

  29. forreal
    July 22, 2014

    well i am looking at those kids and imagine them getting stabbed so many times,getting pricked by a prickel or anything sharp is so discomfortable,wow and talking of being stabbed to death and toddlers to,oh god,this girl need heavenly intervention,pospartum,ma ma i am glad you did not do that number on me,thank you ma ma.

  30. BMB
    July 22, 2014

    “……… trial in accordance to the powers granted him under the Extradition Act Sec 10(1).” From a Dominica standpoint, we need some legal clarification on what our laws (here) say about reinstating charges after discontinuation and whether there are any ‘statutes of limitations’ in instances such as this one, or should we be faced (God forbid) with a similar case in the future. Some legal guidance please. Otherwise, signing a petition (right now) without due direction, may well be pointless.

  31. A Voice
    July 22, 2014

    Post partum my backside. If she was depressed why she didn’t kill herself and leave them little angels alone?

    But don’t worry she can get away in the courts of man with all kind of technicality let us see what technicality she going to come up with when she stand in the court of GOD.

    • rona
      July 23, 2014

      Post natal depression is complex and diverse, This young woman has to live her life knowing she killed her own flesh and blood. There go I but for the grace of God. Rona RN HND DIP

  32. July 22, 2014

    If Sarah Lyn wants to tell her side of the story, she should be allowed to do so. A person in their normal, mental state would not simply slaughter their own two little girls–the way Saarah did.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2014

      really?? i lol at your comment. haven’t you watch the news lately or go through your face book feed?…..well try it and you will see the amount of these selfish so call mothers that is on the face of this earth.

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        I hear about them on the news and read about them in the newspapers. These news are also on the Internet. Men also murder their entire family.
        Recently, a husband, wife and young grandson who resided in Calgary disappeared. The adults were senior citizens. The grandson was spending the weekend with them.
        One man was interrogated. He was freed but re-arrested. Their murder had something to do with a business venture. The adults had a garage sale of their items the Saturday. Their family telephoned either in the evening or in the morning and did not receive a response. They went to the home and did not find them. They called the police. Their home was searched. The police said that there was a terrible scuffle in the home. They found blood in the home. They searched the area and other places. They are yet to be found. The police have presumed them dead.
        The world is filled with many wicked people. That same weekend, somewhere in Canada, two people were found charred in a car.
        I make no excuses for no one. When people are angry they could do anything.
        Whatever is relayed through the Media, this is what we have to go by unless we hear differently. Then we ask, aside from the Media who is really telling the truth. Some people with their lawyers make up stories to avoid imprisonment.
        One thing we do know, God knows and He makes no excuses for no one and will not exonerate them. He knows what mental condition she was in. Therefore, since she wants people to hear her side of the story, she better be honest and tell the truth.
        I recall someone had commented that she was in a Caribana band that year enjoying herself. Was she really mentally sick?

    • Duh
      July 23, 2014

      And that’s what these people fail to realize. SMH, she must not have been in her right mental state.

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        We could have empathy for her o a certain extent but we want to hear the full story and also the story of her ex-boyfriend who left her for another woman and married that woman. He was at the children’s funeral. He has yet to talk, probably on the advice of his lawyer. He will also have to tell his side of the story.
        I hope they realize that giving evidence in a Court of Law about murders of two little children will be no piece of cake for them. They will be quizzed. I hope they are prepared for that.

  33. historian
    July 22, 2014

    What kind of brother is this who wishes to open the massive wounds of the past !
    His mother has suffered as a woman of faith -a Pastor who obviously is a victim of satan and his agents .
    The act by itself whatever it was ,was indeed satanic !
    This attrtition against not only his sister but his own mother as well is carrying out a satanic plot induced by a wicked ploy to continue peircing the heart of that family.
    This is final .. The DPP under our constitution has ruled with the authority of that office that she was incompetent for mental reasons to stand trial ..what else is there to contest? ..the legal process was established …. leave this alone —-that was the Constitunoal prerogative of the DPP .
    The sister will have to respond to her demons by faith healing and psychological counselors.
    Young man stop being the judas persecutor of your family !!!
    GET PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOUR SISTER

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2014

      That’s what he’s trying to do, too bad some of you can’t see that. Will you all be singing a different tune if she does it again, like why didn’t her family try to help her and so on and so on?

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      He wants closure, come what may. They may try to prove her mentally unfit due to post partum.
      Dr. Benjamin will also have to testify his diagnosis after he examined her. He did state that she was mentally fit.
      Psychiatrists know what questions to ask patients pertaining to their mental instability as they claim. Based on their responses, they determine if they are mentally fit or not.

  34. July 22, 2014

    She should get help also do some time.If she go free do you kwn how many people would come up with the mental illness issue.Am not saying she not sick but mental people do time to,hello.Young lady my heart goes out to you also the kids father.Praying for you both.To all those who think of killing please get help as fast as you can.Cause all you leave behind is hurting people.

  35. concerned
    July 22, 2014

    I believe its high time we leave this young lady alone. I am not her family nor do i know her but based on my research which you can do using the internet. This is a real disease and it has these consequences on those who do not receive treatment. This brother is being vindictive and the lord will deal with you in his own way. Any responsible, loving and caring brother would find another way to get her the psychiatric treatment she needs. What is she is convicted and its and is sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Is it really fair that she should suffer for having a diseased mind. This is all about saving face and escaping the shame and humiliation from the public of having the crazy sister who killed her two children and didnt face trial. Well the answer he should give is she was ruled as being crazy and needing serious help not try his utmost to get her trial restarted. Those with any humanity left should come together to sign a petition condemning the action of the brother. Is there some other ulterior motive like property that he is hoping the experience would lead to an early death for her so that he may benefit the most from inheritance that is still to come. STAY FREE SARAH GOD is with you and you are supported even by those who do not know you and we do hope you get the right treatment and get well so you can contribute in a positive way to the community. And YOUNG MAN IF YOU WANT TO HONOR THEIR MEMORIES USE YOUR INFLUENCE TO CREATE A FOUNDATION IN THEIR NAMES THAT RAISE AWARENESS TO POST PARTUM DEPRESSION AND PROVIDE AN AVENUE FOR AFFECTED MOTHERS TO GET HELP BECAUSE THE DISEASE IS REAL AND LEAVE SARAH-LYN ALONE

    • just saying
      July 23, 2014

      did you read where he said she break away from the family and she has left the place of treatment on her own? lady all the brother is asking is that she give her side of the story and let the chips fall where they may. i dont believe that she will get jail time but she will get the proper treatment that she really needs. all he is thinking of her future. she is still young and can still have a family so he doesnt want to see the same thing happen again.

      • i agree
        July 23, 2014

        you are right (Just Saying), some people just plain stupid
        .

    • July 23, 2014

      I did not think there were people who condoned stabbings of babies in this world.

      Lets pray the next victims are not your family.

  36. texan
    July 22, 2014

    So she killed her 2 kids. Actually she stabbed them to death. N that’s ok with some of u biased Dominicans. Can u imagine your kids dieng like that? Omg how sad

    • Kay
      July 23, 2014

      It can happen to anyone…

    • muslim always
      July 27, 2014

      people die everyday and in more horrific ways. Just look at GAZA and what the so called ISRAEL you support is doing. SHe has a diseased mind lets get her help differently. WHat sort of justice would she get in this upside down system without rehabilitation we have currently

  37. July 22, 2014

    “On September 28, 2010 Sarah Lyn was charged for the murder of her two children, five-year-old Rachael Vigilant and two-month-old Sophia Vigilant.”

    “It is alleged that she “stabbed” Rachael “45” times and Sophia “31” times.” INNOCENT CHILDREN

    “Sarah Lyn was charged with “murder” but then Director of Public Prosecution, “Gene Pestaina,” decided to “discontinue” the case against her.”

    “He said his decision was based on a “psychiatrist’s report” which said she was “mentally fit” to plead and answer the charges against her” but also said “she was diagnosed as suffering with Postpartum Depression,” a clinical illness characterized by a major depressive episode”.”

    “He also said his decision was based on the fact that “Canadian authorities agreed to provide necessary psychiatric facilities”for Sarah Lyn.”

    Mr. Pestaina, WHERE IS SARAH LYN? Do YOU have her CURRENT PROGNOSIS? Is it possible that she was MISDIAGNOSED? Did YOU REQUEST a SECOND OPINION? TWO CHILDREN are DEAD, are YOU PREPARED for OTHER DEATHS? Do YOU realize that Sarah Lyn is CAPABLE of committing similar crimes and because she was not PUNISHED and/or INSTITUTIONALIZED for TREATMENT, could result in SHE WALKING again. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO BRING JUSTICE for the sake of the CHILDREN.

    Previously, I read that Sarah Lyn would like to TELL “HER SIDE OF THE STORY”, why not afford her the OPPORTUNITY? What is the HINDRANCE? If she is really SICK then people will understand. If she did MURDER HER CHILDREN for gain of some sort, whether to live the Island or to be FREE of THEM, she SHOULD be TRIED for her crime.

    I think that Sarah Lyn had been treated, or NOT, for FOUR YEARS, it is time for her to go to trial. Mr. Pestaina, is the psychiatrist saying otherwise? REMEMBER, NO ONE is SAFE with psychotics on the loose.

    I am NOT saying she is psychotic because I do not know that for a fact; however, PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE IN PLACE TO AVOID SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES FROM HAPPENING.

    WHY IS SHE STILL IN CANADA ANYWAY? Is she still UNDERGOING TREATMENT?

    According to her brother, NO ONE KNOWS HER WHEREABOUTS.

  38. woyyyyy woyyyyy
    July 22, 2014

    Leave thee girl alone nuh let god judge her, what case for them to go and dig up and find they not doing it at all but is sarah they have strength for. Jealous they jealous of her. No person in there right head would kill there children. What will sending her to jail do nothing it will just take more from tax payers money nuh zehzeh, all u think canada will send her down yeah right.STOP DIGGING FOR POOPOO.

    P.s. A miracle is not the pm they blame for that.

  39. abroad
    July 22, 2014

    “I” work for 20yrs with women who have been abused,schizophrenia, mentally, physically and who has some serious metal health issues that the cops have to intervene when they get out of control. They are also on medication to treat their diseases. Sara Lynn is here in Canada living here life. Please tell me how much treatment she’s gotten since returning??? As a matter of fact just last year she was on Facebook with her smart mouth. Please stop abusing the words depression and mental illness when there’s real people suffering out there.

  40. allu directry
    July 22, 2014

    i don’t know this lady but i have been following her story , women suffer from postpartum all the time all over the world it a disorder ….i think its time you people leave the young woman alone it hard enough already ……..

    • justice
      July 22, 2014

      it hard enough that she in Canada living life free and jolly? oohhh ok……..

  41. chat
    July 22, 2014

    Isn’t Because is yur family,ok…Because if was someone u don’t know u wouldn’t react so…trust me…I sont know she n Really God thx….How can I have mercy for someone who kills her own children, come on it could Be mu sister,Never she would dié were she Be there sure…stop human beeing is so,when it comes to their sides is always so

    • Student
      July 22, 2014

      Huh? RIP English

    • July 22, 2014

      really,you do not know me…i am aware of the effect of postpartum depression .and no one is saying what she did is right but we have this habit of kicking someone when they are down just for news.

      • Kay
        July 23, 2014

        Isn’t post partum psychosis a type of temporary insanity?

        A trial for her, I think, would be centered around determining whether Sarah was sane when the incident occurred. The psychiatrist’s statement that she was fit to stand trial is irrelevant.

        It seems to me that the DPP had information suggesting that she, in fact, was not sane at the time of the incident so he did not see the point of wasting tax payer money on a trial just so Dominicans could feel better.

        Most Dominicans do not understand mental illness. I don’t expect them to understand what went on with this case.

      • Kay
        July 23, 2014

        I do believe tho, that she should be prevented from having children in the future. That in itself is a punishment

  42. toma
    July 22, 2014

    She should stand trial, this mental thing is pure crap

  43. July 22, 2014

    Really, you are not being vindictive? with family like you who needs enemy ? She is my cousin and i think you guys should leave her alone.SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You all have no compassion.I shall sign no petition .

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2014

      Compassion? Did she have any for her children?

    • lol
      July 23, 2014

      you did not well guess what i just did. You out of a hundred oh well it is done. OOPS sorry.

    • lol
      July 23, 2014

      You did not guess what i just did, one out of a hundred it’s already done .OOPS sorry

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      Tell that to the Canadian people – in Canada when they find out about this. Note their reaction through the Media.

  44. DANZIGER
    July 22, 2014

    I’ll stay out of this one, I dont want my signature to hunt me down. love always Danziger.

  45. listener
    July 22, 2014

    This thing has passed already why is it being resurrected now?

    • justice
      July 22, 2014

      That’s the problem with people…all goes silent a few months after but that does not change the fact that justice is not yet served. My sisters was killed a year ago by a drunk driver..up to now case not yet call…should I forget about it because a year pass and not seek justice???? YOU LIE!

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      You know there is a Law and there is Justice.
      How many people who committed crimes and after some years, once caught, they are hauled to Court and sentenced. There is no statute of limitation for also murder.

  46. July 22, 2014

    Really, you are not being vindictive? with family like you who needs enemy ? She is my cousin and i think you guys should leave her alone.SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You all have no compassion.I shall sing no petition .

    • justice
      July 22, 2014

      If she was not your cousin you would be singing a different song…..

    • Hell
      July 23, 2014

      What if she get’s pregnant again dear cousin and she kill that child again if she do it one time she will do it again so if that happen what are you going to say for your self , comment and her tell me.. For all those that didn’t sign i already sign along with 20 people and i looking for more to sign. Stop me hah

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        She better not go to the Social Welfare if she is residing in Mississauga or Brampton, Ontario. Once they know that she murdered two of her children, these government authorities will take the child from her when he/she is born. She will be deemed as an unfit mother.
        It was stated that she had a child and had given the child up for adoption. This was her first child. Therefore, her name is on record.

  47. Anonymous
    July 22, 2014

    areeed to that

  48. Red
    July 22, 2014

    Jesus please intervene, Lord help! Brother are you speaking on behalf of your family or yourself. I am sure this is devastating your mom and other family members. Oh Lord intervene.

    • justice
      July 22, 2014

      It’s devastating them that he knows when things are not fair? SMH…..He wants justice for his nieces. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT

    • Hello
      July 23, 2014

      Yes the lord god is intervening you right, you want to know how, by doing what was suppose to be done long time. He don’t sleep he is very much a wake. He have a way of putting things to rest and when he is ready there is no turning back ..

      • The Facts
        July 24, 2014

        This will be her conscience hunting her.

  49. chat
    July 22, 2014

    She declared to Be sick 8-O ….an an They looking for to mutch excuse sorry…u stab the first one u go stab the other one?yur one children,lil baby s?….why she didn’t hang herself instead,I’d mad u.mad

  50. islandboi
    July 22, 2014

    I am a Vigilant and all for it..
    You got two innocent lives destroyed/gone.Not cool for you to be enjoying living life depriving the liberty of this experience from someone else..

  51. Hero Worship
    July 22, 2014

    Love to see her eyes. MESMEREYEZ…. :oops:

    • justice
      July 22, 2014

      It’s called contact lens…..

    • BMB
      July 23, 2014

      I am happy you are, “MESMEREYEZ…” by her eyes..! The very same eyes that looked into those of her children while she (allegedly) STABBED them to death a combination of SEVENTY-SIX times..!!!

    • The Facts
      July 24, 2014

      :lol: Mesmerized. Beware of her.
      Run Sampson run. Delilah’s on her way. :lol:

  52. julian
    July 22, 2014

    let god be the judge the vigilante family has forgiven her.only one point with that newsletter is it stating how the augustine family it afecting how about her dad and dad family you think they are not hurting too

  53. July 22, 2014

    Hello and good afternoon my people. At a minimum she should be committed to a Mental Institution for at lease ten years. The Psychiatrist who evaluated her issued a report but never testified at a Jury or Bench trial to explaine how he came up with his finding. I say let our Criminal Justice System judge her .

    • The Facts
      July 22, 2014

      The psychiatrist was not given the opportunity to testify. In fact he was ignored. Read the article.
      She was sneaked out of D/ca prior to D/cans knowing about it. By the time they found out she was already in Canada. This is what is suspicious.

  54. femmedominique
    July 22, 2014

    Agreed 100%. As her own brother states, if she is sick then she should get the help needed, and if she willfully committed a crime then justice should be seeked.

    • hmmm
      July 22, 2014

      Justice should be “seeked”?…

    • The Facts
      July 22, 2014

      “sought” – Past participle.
      Justice should be sought.
      Required, wanted, sought after.
      The English language could be difficult. We (should) understand and forgive you. :)

    • TeteMorne I FROM
      July 23, 2014

      IS DAT YOU HEAR DOH . “Justice mst be seeked. :mrgreen: :-P :lol: :-D :mrgreen: :-P :lol: :mrgreen: :roll: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  55. roseau north
    July 22, 2014

    i agree to that call and we need a petition for G.O.N Emanuel too

    • Ah ha
      July 22, 2014

      So start one… Don’t know how? Then put the internet to good use and research how to start an online petition

      Oh I forget…you are not leaders. just followers crying about other followers. Workers follow Linton blindly like labourites follow Skerrit blindly just as well

  56. justice
    July 22, 2014

    I SIGNED THE PETITION! We need justice for these two children…you cannot kill and walk free..it’s not right. If she was in a mental facility getting help I would understand. But she is no longer in one and walking free….we cannot allow that!!!

    • PC
      July 22, 2014

      Not supporting what she did but some really good questions to ask are:

      How long should she stay in said mental institution?
      Who is willing to pay for her stay for that term?

      We need to find the answers to that question first.

      • justice
        July 22, 2014

        I get what you saying but do you think a few months of therapy is enough punishment for such a brutal crime? If they didn’t have money to send her to a mental institute why did they send her to Canada for so called treatment? Well it was better if they had just send her to jail for her crime so we could atleast feel like we got some sort of justice

      • July 22, 2014

        @PC, would you rather have her continue to commit crimes, regardless to nature, rather than have her institutionalized?

        If she is sick she should be either committed or getting treatment. If this was a malicious act, she should be penalized. The kids are gone and she is enjoying life, as it is, in Canada. Do you think she has any remorse? Maybe or maybe not; however, she should answer to her crimes.

      • PC
        July 22, 2014

        @Justice…you are right. a few months is not enough time to properly assess/punish anything. I think the sending to Canada was more of a strategic move more than anything.

        @Citizen..Like I said, I do not support what she did. Those were questions that needed to be answered before sending her to treatment. A few months is too little, so a year is just right? or continued treatment for 10 years? What is the limit of ‘treatment’ to properly know she is sane enough to be a functioning citizen? If this was malicious indeed she should be punished. Hence back to the assessment question, how long would it take to make that judgement. And who is going to foot the bill?

      • MRS Pa
        July 22, 2014

        in canada they dont pay for medical bills. or insurance so its free

  57. Wild Wild West
    July 22, 2014

    Dominica; the country being promoted as pure, pristine etc, turns out is one of the best places to commit murder.

  58. str8 up
    July 22, 2014

    Hmm.. all i know about this case is what i read hence i have no words. let god be the judge.

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