Mascouche woman's spouse charged with 2nd-degree murder in her death

Benoît Cardinal appeared in court in Joliette Friday to face charges in connection with the death of Jaël Cantin, 33, the mother of six children.

Benoît Cardinal appeared in court Friday to face charges in connection with Thursday's death of Jaël Cantin

Police confirmed Jaël Cantin, a 33-year-old mother, was killed early Thursday morning. (Facebook/Jaël Cantin)

Benoît Cardinal appeared in court in Joliette, Que., Friday, to be charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his spouse, Jaël Cantin.

Cantin, a 33-year-old mother of six, was killed Thursday morning at a home in Mascouche, about 45 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Police arrested Cardinal, 33, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

The accused will remain behind bars for now but is allowed to request bail, Crown prosecutor Valérie Michaud told reporters Friday. 

She said the defence has already received some of the evidence, and the next court date has been set for Feb. 26 for a further communication of proof.

Michaud said Cardinal is not allowed to contact Cantin's children, who are right now in the care of her relatives, or three other witnesses in the case. 

"Obviously, we are concerned with protecting the children as much as possible throughout the proceedings and with all the powers that the law grants us," said Michaud. 

Benoît Cardinal, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his spouse, Jaël Cantin, at their home in Mascouche, Que., early on Jan. 16. (Facebook/Benoît Cardinal)

Couple both found injured

According to police spokesperson Éloïse Cossette, police were called to a home on Des Anglais Road, near Raymond Boulevard, around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Officers found Cantin and Cardinal injured, and the pair was rushed to hospital, where Cantin was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. Cardinal's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Police escorted the six children, who were not injured, from the residence. 

Mental health professionals were called to the school where some of Cantin's children are students, Commision Scolaire des Affluents spokesperson Éric Ladouceur said in an interview Friday morning. 

"As soon as we heard the news Thursday morning, we had intervention workers here to listen to and support the students, as well as staff," he said.

With files from Radio-Canada