An inquest is being held into the deaths of two little babies who were left in the shower as their 22 year old birth vessel Miranda Hebble slept. The WA coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Lochlan James Stevens (2) and Malachi Isaac Stevens (10 months) who died in November 2008.
The story so far…little Lochlan had gotten into his nappy and smeared crap all over himself, the wall, and his baby brother’s cot. I guess you could say he was bored shitless (badum-tish). The next day (!) Miranda decided to put both of them in the shower, a little rub-a-dub-dub should get the doo-doo off. She told the inquest that she went back into her bedroom (while the babies were still under the shower with the door closed!), saw “white speckly things” and passed out or fell asleep. 10 hours later, she awoke to find the bathroom full of steam, the shower full of water and her babies floating in the water. They were stone cold dead.
An autopsy has not been able to determine exactly how the boys died, but the coroner says that they could not confirm nor rule out drowning as a cause. Lochlan was found in a sleeping position, with blood coming from his mouth, a mark on his stomach and a scratch to the forehead. Malachi was floating in the water. The coroner has indicated that baby Malachi probably did drown, while Lochlan may have suffered from a combination of hunger, exhaustion, and possibly hypothermia from the water. The shower plughole had become clogged because the contents of the vanity unit were scattered everywhere (presumably by the boys). So not only did their birth vessel leave them unsupervised in the bathroom, letting them play with potentially dangerous items such as razors, but also wasn’t taking care of Lochlan properly, letting him go hungry and not ensuring he slept enough. Neglectful c***.
The boys’ dad, Christopher Stevens, also testified at the inquest. He told the court about an earlier incident in February 2008, where Miranda had left baby Malachi in the car while returning a DVD. Her reasoning behind this was that she was tired and that she was afraid that she would drop him. If you’re too tired to hold a baby, you probably shouldn’t be driving either! Police pulled Malachi from car, hot, sweaty and screaming. Christopher was working in the mines on a fly-in-fly-out basis, and was away at the time of the babies’ deaths. He further added that Miranda was anemic and had problems with sleeping patterns. Instead of taking naps with the children, she would watch cartoons, and was known to sleep through her babies’ crying or screaming. This would explain why Lochlan was hungry and exhausted: his birth vessel would sleep instead of feeding him and the elevated stress levels from him screaming in hunger (plus being hungry) would have stopped him from sleeping.
Christopher said of his former partner that she was a quiet and antisocial person who kept to herself. He didn’t think she was depressed, and she had no drugs or alcohol in her system when police questioned her. The inquest will examine why she slept for 10 hours after “passing out”. The counsel assisting the coroner said that Miranda didn’t have a history of mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse. She was a quiet person who was struggling with sleep because of Malachi’s restlessness. The babies’ paternal grandfather testified that he thought that Miranda was a good mother but was probably not emotionally mature enough to handle two children. He further added that she and Christopher had gone through a rough patch because Miranda had not been doing any housekeeping while Christopher was away.
The inquest is continuing.
Before anyone screams “You don’t know her!” or “It’s hard taking care of two kids by yourself”, riddle me this: if Miranda knew she had health issues that were preventing her from looking after her children correctly, why the fuck did she not ask for help? FIFO mine workers make a fuckload of money, surely she could have hired a nanny to help out? Ask the grandparents to care for them until she got her health issues under control? They were little babies, it wasn’t like they couldn’t be uprooted from their school to go live with their grandparents for a while. But no. She was being stupid and selfish by trying to go it alone, even though she knew full well she couldn’t do it. And who the fuck puts babies in the shower?! And then LEAVES? Stupid tw*t c***. I really feel for the babies’ Dad. Imagine coming home from a 4 week (or longer) stint away from your family, only to find that the woman you trusted to care for your children is incompetent and stupid, and that her idiocy has killed your babies. Dad split up from the incompetent tw*t and has now found love in a new relationship. Hopefully this new woman can help him heal from the devastation of losing his babies to a stupid and thoughtless she-devil.