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Woman jailed for assaulting children.

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A woman who repeatedly assaulted her three children, including a one-year-old boy, has been jailed for 3-1/2 years. The 41-year-old woman has name suppression to protect the identity of her children. She was found guilty by a jury last month on nine counts of assault with a weapon and one of assault on a child under the age of 14.

During the Dunedin District Court trial, the jury heard evidence that the children were assaulted over a 21 month period with weapons that included a jug cord, tent pole, belt and wooden spoon during various incidents in Napier, Gisborne and Invercargill.

In sentencing today, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said the children had “suffered tremendously” over the period of the offending. He said they were assaulted for everyday occurrences and lived in “a climate of violence and fear”.

Categories: Abuse, Child Abuse, Neglect, Torture
  1. December 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Ugh…. I’m not sure what normal procedure is there, but I’m willing to bet she’ll get those babies back once she’s out.

    Do these people ever serve full sentences there? Sad to say, she would be just as likely to get such a slap-on-the-wrist sentence here, as well. And she might get out early on parole, to boot. She’d be given her kids back, who would then very likely fall through the floor cracks of child services while she continues the beatings. 3&1/2 years is just not enough of a sentence.

  2. December 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    At most I think she will be in jail for a year, at which point her kids will be handed back and she will carry on abusing them and will probably blame them for her being jailed (they should’ve kept their mouths shut). It’s always someone else’s fault with these people.

  3. December 2, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Yeah, it’s no better here. Children are often so emotionally damaged by the time they get to foster care that parents with children of their own (especially small children) are afraid to take on that responsibility.

    Of course it’s always someone else’s fault. Gods forbid they take responsibility for their own actions.

    How do people go about getting laws changed there? Do you have elected officials that you can go to to have them lobby for changes? Do you have to start a petition? How does it work in NZ?

  4. July 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Children are special and deserve to be respected. Children are defenseless and need to be protected. Mothers protect their children. I do not want to understand the mindset of women who abuse their children.

    I only want the children to get the help they need to be fruitful in life. The children are the issue now. Help them to help themselves. Protect them from parents with severe problems. Give them to someone who will love and cherish them–someone who has time for them. There are women who can love another woman’s childen as her own.

    Mother is wrong, but something has to be wrong with her. I want her to get help too. Children love their parents and are much better at forgiving than most adults. I am sure they still love her.

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