Marcella Yurica Yulan’s case will not be affected by the new changes

Ontario Ministry of Health reverses course on guardianship requirement for disabled woman accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter The Ontario government has reversed a decision to make guardianship requirements for disabled parents who kill…

Marcella Yurica Yulan’s case will not be affected by the new changes

Ontario Ministry of Health reverses course on guardianship requirement for disabled woman accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter

The Ontario government has reversed a decision to make guardianship requirements for disabled parents who kill their children orders of strict enforcement this spring.

According to the Globe and Mail, the changes will not apply to the mother in the case against Marcella Yurica Yulan, an assistant professor at the University of Windsor who the Ontario Ministry of Health is seeking the death penalty for on Jan. 31.

“This afternoon, we announced an amendment to legislation that will change the existing guardianship provisions in the Protection From Abuse Act to give disabled women more certainty and make the law consistent and responsive to modern society,” said Dr. Bruce McComak, the Health Minister’s representative.

Yulan, 30, is accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter, Bella, by deliberately injecting her with the powerful opioid heroin. A coroner determined that the death was a homicide, and a judge on a preliminary inquiry determined that there were grounds to warrant a trial of Yulan for killing Bella Yulan.

Yulan was a resident of Kitchener, Ont., but was living in a basement apartment on the same property. Her parents, who were also both University of Windsor staff members, provided a signed, durable power of attorney to Yulan allowing her to manage her finances and medical care. However, Yulan was required to have a guardian appointed by the court if she sought to gain access to her own funds or make medical decisions.

Yulan’s parents, her doctors, and a nurse hired by the family said that she was experiencing extreme anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts before the alleged overdose. Her daughter, a girl who weighed four pounds and had never been ill, was found dead in a plastic garbage can full of trash on her bedroom floor.

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