In January 2009, Kim De Gelder entered the day care centre "Fabeltjesland" in Dendermonde and started stabbing several babies. Two babies got killed, together with a day care nurse who tried to protect the children. Ten babies suffered heavy injuries.
De Gelder, who was 20 at the time, is also charged with the murder of a 73-year-old woman in Vrasene (East Flanders).
Relatives and friends of the victims are relieved by the decision, but during the trial it could still be decided to have De Gelder sent to a mental clinic after all. Psychiatric reports about De Gelder's mental health have led to conflicting conclusions, like in the case of Norway's Anders Behring Breivik. Still, it was a relief for the victims that a trial will take place after all. This should happen next year in spring.
Kim De Gelder's parents wanted to take legal action against a psychiatrist who refused to have their son interned 5 years ago, but their demand to take the man to court was rejected.