Ont. mom convicted of killing daughters appeals

Last Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010

Elaine Campione, who was convicted on Nov. 15 of drowning her two daughters, is appealing the verdict. (Canadian Press)

An Ontario woman who killed her two young daughters by drowning them in the bathtub is appealing her convictions, suggesting the jury was wrong.

Elaine Campione, 35, was convicted by a Barrie jury on Nov. 15 of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths Serena, 3, and Sophia, 19 months.

The jury took nearly a week to decide mental illness did not prevent Campione from knowing it was wrong to drown her children, as the defence had suggested.

Campione has filed an inmate notice of appeal, which preserves her right to file a full appeal from a lawyer at a later date, with the Ontario Court of Appeal.

In tiny handwriting Campione wrote under the grounds of appeal section that "the verdict was unreasonable and not supported by the evidence."

Beside a question asking whether the applicant wants to be tried by a jury if a new trial is ordered, Campione wrote "no" in capital letters, scratched it out and wrote "yes."

Campione must serve a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison before she is eligible for parole