Wood County, Manitoba (AFP) – A former husband has won a lawsuit against his former wife over the deaths of three of their three children, including a newborn girl.
The case against Christine Coteau, 62, has been adjourned to April 30, and will now be heard in provincial court.
In a statement, a Wood County judge ruled Coteaux, the former wife of former Wood County court clerk Michael Coteaus, had the right to appeal the court decision.
The family of the three children was split up in 2011 after Coteault and Coteaucourt married, but Coteauls life was cut short after a falling out with his ex-wife.
The couple divorced in 2008, and Cotes actions included the taking of custody of the children and attempting to take them to the US to be adopted.
Her lawyer said his client had the rights under Manitoba law to appeal, and that he was “not disappointed.”
“The case was adjourned and she is entitled to a further hearing,” he said.
In 2013, the judge ruled that Coteaugas actions constituted “misconduct” in violation of her civil rights.
The judge also ordered that Cotes “seek a hearing to determine whether her civil and human rights have been violated.”
The family says they are “disappointed” with the decision.
“We are very disappointed with this decision because the case was about the children, and not about the woman,” said Coteaunce’s lawyer, Michael Cotes.
“The issue is whether she was a fit and proper person to have custody of these children.”
The couple has been married since 1976, and the three of them have four children.