A mother, if you can call her a mother, has been sentenced to 6 years in jail after neglecting her 8 children.
The woman, if you can call her a woman, took her ‘almost dead’ 5 year old to hospital and discovered that he weighed just just over 14kg, and suffering from hypothermia and malnutrition.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the South Australia Supreme Court yesterday to two counts of endangering life and three counts of creating a risk of serious harm relating to the children.
Supreme Court Justice, Christopher Kourakis, said that she had come extremely close to causing the death of her child.
She had failed to provide adequate food, shelter and medical care for her children.
The children were beaten and forced to stand in line for hours with their hands on their heads.
The un-named woman had been abused in the past and the Judge had acknowledged this but couldn’t understand why she could watch her children deteriorate before her eyes.
She spent the child benefit payments and, well pretty much all the money she ever had on eating out, cigarettes and poker machines.
The children were basically living off of left-over fish and chips and left-over noodles.
The Justice sentenced her to 6 years with a non-parole period of three years and three months, saying that there must be a strong deterent in cases of child neglect.
But who is to blame?
Ultimately, this woman is to blame. What kind of abuse had she been through in her time? It obviously made her into the person that she became. THAT’S NO EXCUSE…although…she did take her boy to the hospital, so there was, or MUST have been some kind of desperation to have taken him there.
But what about the hands on the head for hours and being beaten? Didn’t SOMEBODY from social services notice that there might be something wrong? There must be some kind of system in place that when your children don’t go to school, that the parents have to ring. So if it happens frequently, they can get the social services in to CHECK UP ON THE FAMILY.
Why did it take some desperatley disturbed woman to take her dying son to a hospital for this to be discovered?
There are so many questions to be asked. I didn’t think that this was a third world country. We have these systems put in so that this doesn’t happen, so why isn’t it working.
As for the family, well, the woman should be executed…doesn’t matter how…so these sicko’s don’t have to breath the same air as I’m breathing. And, however sad it would be…to take a mother from her child, I’m sure that the kids, would have a better chance in life knowing that their mother isn’t around to do this to them ever again.
by Sel Hurst