Belgian Daycare Suspect Admits Guilt to Lawyer

De Gelder had history of depression; cops rule out Ledger tie
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2009 2:36 PM CST
Copies of Belgian papers with photos of stabbing suspect Kim De Gelder on their covers.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Belgian murder suspect Kim De Gelder has admitted guilt in the slaying of two infants and a daycare worker, the Telegraph reports. “He understands that he did something inhuman. I think that he feels regrets,” the 20-year-old’s lawyer said. “But it would be going too far to say that he repents.” He pointed to a history of depression as a possible factor.

Police have also ruled out a connection with Heath Ledger’s death as a “false lead,” though why De Gelder wore black and white face makeup is still unclear, the lawyer added, and “why he chose babies in a crèche as victims is still an enigma.” De Gelder’s parents tried to commit him 2 years ago, but authorities deemed his ongoing treatment for depression sufficient.