|Conviction(s)||Murder, Attempted murder|
After marrying Antonio González Barribino, Ballesteros gave birth to a girl named Florinda. In 1990, Ballesteros suffered from postpartum depression and wanted to end her marriage, but she finally desisted. She had decided to kill her family and flee to Valencia. Ballesteros poisoned Florinda, who was only five months old, with Colme, a drug used to treat alcoholism. After the death of the baby, Ballesteros decided to wait to kill the rest of her family.
In 2004, 14 years after murdering her daughter, Ballesteros, who had met many men through the Internet, decided to kill the rest of her family, flee to the city where one of the men that she had met online was living, and marry him. On 12 January 2004 Ballesteros killed her husband Antonio González Barribino with Colme and with the sedatives Zolpidem and Bromazepam. On 4 June 2004, Ballesteros killed her daughter Sandra with the same medications and attempted to kill her 12-year-old son Antonio, who was admitted to the hospital with poisoning on June 4, 2004. The autopsy of her daughter Sandra revealed that she had been poisoned.
On June 7, 2004 Ballesteros was arrested and confessed to the murders.
On September 26, 2005, Francisca Ballesteros was sentenced to a term of 84 years in prison.
- (in Spanish) La envenadora de Melilla confiesa tres asesinatos
- (in Spanish) La fiscal eleva la pena para la 'envenenadora de Melilla' a 84 años
- (in Spanish) Condenada a 84 años de prisión la "envenenadora de Melilla"
- (in Spanish) LA ENVENENADORA DE MELILLA