Adèle Sorella is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of her daughters. ((Family handout))

A Laval woman accused of murdering her two young daughters has been granted bail by a Superior Court judge.

Adèle Sorella, 44, was arrested shortly after authorities discovered the bodies of Amanda, nine, and Sabrina De Vito, eight, in their lavish Laval family home on March 31, 2009.

She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Sorella appeared in a Laval courtroom Wednesday, less than a week after her lawyer requested that she be granted bail while awaiting trial.

Judge Claude Champagne agreed that she should be released.

Sorella closed her eyes and hugged her lawyer after hearing the decision.

Details of the bail hearing are covered by a publication ban.

Bail conditions

Sorella's aunt, Maria Di Cesare, has pledged $25,000 to ensure that her niece will respect the bail conditions imposed by the judge.

Those conditions include:

  • She will have to stay at her aunt's house.
  • She has to report to a Laval police station once a week.
  • She will have to surrender her passport if she has one and is not allowed to leave Quebec.
  • She must see a designated psychologist once a week.

Prosecution unhappy

Crown prosecutor Isabelle Briand wanted Sorella to remain in custody.

"The objections were because we wanted to be sure that she would be in court next time. That's why," said Briand.

Sorella's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 26, when a preliminary inquiry is set to begin. 

Sorella's estranged husband, Giuseppe De Vito, has been missing since 2006.

Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in November 2006 as part of Operation Colisée, a major crackdown on Montreal Mafia.

Neither De Vito nor Sorella attended the funeral service for their daughters.