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Mum who killed disabled daughter jailed for life.

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SaintRiven Tue 23-Sep-08 18:22:37


expatinscotland Tue 23-Sep-08 18:23:42

poor baby!

her biggest fear, being held under water.

can't imagine that.

Majeika Tue 23-Sep-08 18:25:58

and her daughter was sooo beautiful.

she will be persecuted in prison...........

Sparkletastic Tue 23-Sep-08 18:26:43


SaintRiven Tue 23-Sep-08 18:28:03

good that she was jailed. So many parents who kill a disabled child get off because the judge thinks that having a disabled child is so horrific that of course they murdered it. And its a mercy anyhow.

FAQ Tue 23-Sep-08 18:31:24

how tragic.

While I believe that the mother deserves her prison sentence, with her history of mental health problems one can only wonder about the lack of support system which meant that it was not recognised that this little girl was at risk.

donnie Tue 23-Sep-08 18:34:28

well I suppose killers should be jailed, but I find the entire thing terribly sad. She ( the mother) had a long history of depression and at least one suicide attempt and was also an alcoholic. That must tell us something. I feel very sorry for her at any rate, despite the dreadful thing she did.

Twiglett Tue 23-Sep-08 18:35:39

hmmm I'm not sure about this one either ... the history of mental issues encompassing repetitive thoughts and severe PND are surely mitigating?

the 8 hours driving around and disassociation from the act?

surely there seems grounds for a diminished responsibility here?

once again I'm left feeling that the legal system lets down women in severe need.

of course I've read nothing but that report .. I'm probably wrong and she probably is just evil

Twiglett Tue 23-Sep-08 18:37:21

it also sounds like the judge feels she should be hospitalised too

this one screams of something going awry with the legal system

SaintRiven Tue 23-Sep-08 18:37:32

thing is, if a depressed alcoholic killed a random stranger then they'd be jailed too.
I do agree that she possibly didn't get help and her husband hadn't noticed she was 'embaressed' by her dd's disability but murder is murder.

Janos Tue 23-Sep-08 18:38:47

I agree, good she is in jail. It's where she deserves to be.

lou33 Tue 23-Sep-08 18:40:55

i have been reading about this story and i find it totally heartbreaking

Janos Tue 23-Sep-08 18:45:14

She certainly should had some more help than she did given her history of mental illness.

Still murder though.

MABS Tue 23-Sep-08 18:45:34

it really upset me, her dd had v similar condition to my ds.

lou33 Tue 23-Sep-08 18:50:18

hi mabs

TotalChaos Tue 23-Sep-08 18:52:41

i was puzzled by that comment too Twig - though possibly he meant that her mental state was impaired after the murder rather than in the time leading up to it.

a horrible story and wicked act. sounds like there was insufficient support though.

chapstickchick Tue 23-Sep-08 18:54:25

such a terrible thing sad.

Spidermama Tue 23-Sep-08 18:59:31

There are no winners whatsoever in this terrible, sad story. It really got to me when I read about this. sad

I think she needed help. You have to be desperate and messed up to do something like this. I simply don't believe that people are evil. They're just people and sometimes they do evil things.

ElenorRigby Tue 23-Sep-08 20:12:41

I have suffered from a severe anxiety disorder and severe depression but would never harm a child or anyone.
I am quite frankly sickened that people excuse this woman's actions because of those mental health problems.
I hope she rots in hell.

SparklyGothKat Tue 23-Sep-08 21:12:42

How could she?? because she wore callipars!!! angry Both my Ds1 and DD2 have cerebral palsy and wear splints... its not a big deal!! She could have covered them up FFS!!! If its very mild then she properably wore the short ones and you can roll the sock back over them to hide them.. I am so upset!! what a nasty selfish bitch!! I hope she rots in prison!!

NotAnOtter Tue 23-Sep-08 21:14:19

i am shocked
it was a terrible thing to do but i am shocked and saddened by the harsh sentence

saint2shoes Tue 23-Sep-08 21:27:58

I hope she rots in hell.
to do that to her beautiful daughter, is sick beyond words.

saint2shoes Tue 23-Sep-08 21:30:12

"harsh sentence"
she should be locked up for *ever imo

Heated Tue 23-Sep-08 21:32:22

The whole story is too too awful. Poor little girl.

wannaBe Tue 23-Sep-08 21:36:22

It sickens me that when someone kills their own child, mental illness is somehow seen as a mitigating factor.

Ian Brady is mentally ill. peter Sutcliffe is mentally ill. Yet I don't see people crying out in sympathy at what they have done to their victims.

Why does moing similar to your own child suddenly make it ok?

Murder is murder.

If she's mentally ill then she should be sectioned, for life.

If she isn't then she should wrot in jail, for life.

I don't feel sorry for her just because she's been an alcoholic depressive in the past. She was ashemed of her daughter, she wanted to put her up for adoption, her husband wouldn't agree so she killed her instead. angry

If this was a man would people still feel the sentence was too harsh?

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