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Baby killing leads to big change

PUBLISHED: 17:21 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:54 11 August 2010

A SHAKE up of mental health services was brought about after the tragic stabbing of a two-year-old tot by her mentally ill mother. Trycia Balhous was found knifed to death in a flat in Law House, Maybury Road, Barking, in August last year. Her murder spar

A SHAKE up of mental health services was brought about after the tragic stabbing of a two-year-old tot by her mentally ill mother.

Trycia Balhous was found knifed to death in a flat in Law House, Maybury Road, Barking, in August last year.

Her murder sparked outrage in the community as police had been called several times about the mother's erratic behaviour in days prior to the tragedy.

Ntsimbi Galtricia, then 23, who turned the knife on herself after stabbing her daughter, was arrested in August after repeatedly accusing a shopkeeper of being the father of her child.

Two-year-old Trycia was found soaked in blood with multiple stab wounds five days later.

Galtricia, said to have been suffering from a delusional disorder, was given the all clear by doctors from the mental health home treatment team, who decided she was not mentally ill on August 9.

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