Baby killer De Gelder to be transferred from Ghent prison
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    Baby killer De Gelder to be transferred from Ghent prison

    Kim De Gelder was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013 for four murders and 25 attempted murders. Credit: Belga.

    Baby killer Kim De Gelder will be transferred from Ghent prison to another location, it was decided by the Chamber for the Protection of Society in Ghent on Tuesday.

    De Gelder, who entered a crèche in Dendermonde in East Flanders on 23 January 2009 and attacked staff and babies with a knife, was sentenced to life imprisonment for four murders and 25 attempted murders in March 2013. 

    The Chamber of the Protection of Society decided in May that De Gelder would either be transferred to a Forensic Psychiatric Center in Ghent or Antwerp, or an Institution for the Protection of Society (IBM) in Turnhout or Merksplas, reports Knack.

    De Gelder will be transferred and interned in an IBM either in Turnhout or Merksplas, in northern Belgium, the chamber decided on Tuesday, reports La Dernière Heure.

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    “He shows no sign of illness, so he will first be placed in an IBM to see what is possible in the future,” said a Ghent judge, Mieke Dossche.

    Whether De Gelder will be transferred to the IBM located in Turnhout or Merksplas is not yet clear.

    “The decision between the two will happen this week,” added Dossche, reports Nieuwsblad.

    Evie McCullough
    The Brussels Times