NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) – A Montreal woman has pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge in the 2006 drowning death of her 8-year-old son in Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Fifty-one-year-old Louise Desnoyers faces a sentence of 10 to 15 years in a prison in the United States.

She changed her plea Thursday during a hearing in Vermont District Court in North Hero. Desnoyers had pleaded not guilty in the 2006 death of Nicholas Desnoyers-Langlois.

When police divers found the body of the boy in Lake Champlain, his wrists had been tied to a makeshift mooring. His mother told authorities she had held his head under water, drowning him, so he would not have to suffer through her impending breakup with his father.

Prosecutors say Desnoyers then tried to kill herself.

She was scheduled to go on trial March 30.


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