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One year ago, the drama at the Sainte-Rose daycare

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Daycare employees and the children's families gathered in a park near the Garderie Éducative Ste-Rose, where a bus was recessed during the very busy morning period when the little ones arrived for the day.

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A year ago, in Sainte-Rose, a man driving a bus crashed into a daycare, causing the death of two children and injuring six others. On Thursday, daycare employees and families commemorated this tragedy which stunned the entire country.

Daycare employees and the children's families gathered in a park near the Ste-Rose Educational Daycare. The daycare had asked people not to leave flowers or stuffed animals outside the building, but rather to make a donation to the hospital foundations which had treated the little victims a year ago: the Cité-de- la-Santé in Laval and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center (CHU), in Montreal.

It was a very emotional ceremony, commented Sébastien Courtois, father of a little boy who was seriously injured during the attack. [We had] a lot of thoughts for the two little angels who were our everyday friends, the friends of our children.

Maëva David, 5 years old , and Jacob Gauthier, 4, died that morning, while six other children were hospitalized, some seriously injured.

C&# x27;is something tragic, continued Mr. Courtois in an interview with Midi info on ICI Premiere.

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Mr. Courtois' son Jules, now 5, is wears well. He had a lot of challenges, whether physical or psychological, that you never want to impose on a four and a half year old child.

The driver of the Société de transport de Laval bus that crashed into the daycare, Pierre Ny St-Amand, was charged with two counts of first degree murder and seven other counts, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The preliminary investigation should begin in March, at the Saint-Jérôme courthouse (due to a question of room availability). Ny St-Amand's lawyer said he plans to argue that his client did not have the criminal intent to commit first-degree murder.

The 52-year-old accused is still detained at the Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Legal Psychiatry, in Montreal. He was found fit to stand trial in February 2023, following a psychological evaluation carried out after his arrest.

A separate evaluation was later conducted on the defendant's mental state at the time of his alleged crimes to determine whether he should be considered criminally responsible for his actions. The report of this evaluation was sealed by the court in April 2023.

With information from The Canadian Press

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