Laura Babcock had intense fear of death since childhood, court hears


TORONTO — A murder trial is hearing that a young Toronto woman who disappeared more than five years ago and is presumed dead had struggled with an overwhelming fear of death since childhood.

Crown attorney Jill Cameron says Laura Babcock’s mental health records show the 23-year-old lived with extreme anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and struggled to live at home with her parents.

Cameron read through Babcock’s records from various hospitals in the months leading up to her disappearance in the summer of 2012.

The Crown contends Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30 of Oakville, Ont., killed Babcock and burned her body in a large incinerator because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.

Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Court has heard that Babcock believed no one cared about her or loved her.

The Canadian Press