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Coroner investigating parents’ role in death of obese boy

Inquest examines parents’ role in obese boy’s death

Obese boy’s death examined by coroner

3 years ago, a 10 year old boy from Newcastle died from complications related to morbid obesity. At only 7 years old, he weighed 50kg (110lbs) and had a body mass index double of what it should have been. A NSW coroner is now investigating his parents for possible child abuse/neglect and the role they played in their son’s decline and eventual demise.

As far back as 2007, the boy had been in and out of hospital with obesity related problems, and his parents had been provided with a weight management plan. Yet he put on an additional 6 kg shortly after leaving John Hunter hospital.

He had been the subject of several reports to DoCS and other authorities because of his parents’ drug use and his obesity-related health issues for which his parents refused to seek medical help. The boy suffered from sleep apnoea (like snoring, but the boy stopped breathing for short periods of time) and appointments were made for him to have his tonsils and adenoids removed, and various other weight management specialists.  The inquest heard that many of the appointments were missed and that the boy never got the help he needed.

His parents also were slack on his school attendance. In his short education, the boy had missed 103 days of the 2010 school year. The parents blamed his sleep apnoea (yeah cos it’s totally the kid’s fault), but when they were threatened with criminal action, they promised to improve his attendance rate.

The exact circumstances surrounding the boy’s death are unclear, but he was found slumped over on a lounge before he stopped breathing while en route to the hospital. After 12 minutes without oxygen, he had suffered a massive brain injury and was put on life support, where he died a few days later.

Now, I know this may be a touchy subject for the American audience. But here goes…letting your child get so fat that they have trouble breathing IS child abuse! The kid wasn’t out buying the wrong sort of foods, this was 100% on the parents! The parents were shoveling garbage into their kid, enabling the bad habits and then trying to cover it up by keeping him away from doctors and school. Just like how starving a child can lead to malnutrition and other health issues, feeding a kid McDonald’s and KFC everyday will also cause major health issues.

This boy’s death was 1000% preventable.

The inquest continues.

Coronial inquest into death of boy who died in a washing machine

Mum a suspect in son’s washing machine death

Police target parents over washing machine death

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Did Kerry Murphy put her son in the washing machine?

A little boy died, along with his pet cat, in a front loader washing machine while his mother took a nap. An inquest has been launched into how the little boy and the cat ended up there.

Rewind to 2010. Kerry Murphy allegedly awoke from a nap on the afternoon of September 20, 2010 at her Perth home and found her 3 year old son Sean Murphy unconscious in the drum of the front loader, along with the body of his pet cat named Snowy. Sean suffered horrendous injuries and went to join Snowy on the Rainbow Bridge. An autopsy was carried out on Sean’s small body, but an exact cause of death could not be confirmed. Sean’s body showed injuries consistent with entrapment, and the coroner ruled that this would most likely have contributed to his death.

When officers turned up to question Kerry and to survey the scene, they found the house to be full of animal shit and smelling of smoke. Not only is it disgusting and unhealthy to smoke inside a house, but Kerry and Sean, along with Kerry’s boy toy Craig Sheppard, were living in a Department of Housing property, where smoking is not allowed inside. Kerry was screaming “I’ve killed my baby, I know it”. Later she explained that what she meant by that was that she felt responsible for Sean’s death because she was sleeping instead of watching him.

Boy Toy and Kerry are still suspects in Sean and Snowy’s deaths, even though Boy Toy was at work that day. Boy Toy is not the father of Sean. The medical examiner was looking for signs of drowning, suffocation and beating but could not determine either way because of the extensive injuries that Sean suffered from being tumbled around in the washing machine.

The inquest has heard that, after mechanical tests performed on the washing machine, that it would have been very difficult to close the door from the inside because the door locked from the outside. Kerry suggested that the dog may have knocked it shut. The police considered that, with enough force, it was possible to push the door hard enough so that it would bounce back and close. However the WA coroner said that it would have been very difficult for Sean to do that, because of the angle of the door in relation to his body. The police agreed with the coroner that it would be a tight fit, even for a 3 year old, and observed that Sean had markings on his body that matched the drum of the washing machine.

More witnesses are expected to testify, along with Kerry and her Boy Toy. The inquest is expected to hear some interesting gems such as how Kerry was trying to get Sean diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and how Kerry was not dealing with motherhood very well.

Kerry and Boy Toy were going to get married, but have since split up.

It’s not unusual to hear of stories of cats accidentally being locked in the washing machine. That’s why you always keep the lid/door closed and double check before setting the machine away. The same goes for when you have children. You teach them not to play in the washing machine. Children are teachable, cats – not so much. I haven’t heard of any autopsy being done on Snowy, but I really hope that this was an accident and that it did not play out like I think it played out. (Kerry killed Snowy to “punish” Sean, Sean screams and cries as any child who has lost a pet would, so Kerry stuffs Sean in the washing machine along with Snowy and sets it away. Or Kerry stuffs both of them in the machine and sets it away because they interrupted her nap) I really hope it’s just Snowy got stuck in the washing machine, Sean tried to save him and they both got stuck. Otherwise, there’s a special prison treatment for people who harm animals and children, and big Sheila is more than willing to dole it out.

The inquest continues.

RIP Sean and Snowy. Cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

Another “mother” lies down on the job…

Mum slept while children died, inquest told

WA mum Miranda Hebble ‘not depressed’ when boys died – partner

Babies died in shower, inquest hears

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Miranda Hebble took a little nap…and her babies paid for it with their lives!

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.

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Rest in Peace little Lochlan and baby Malachi. Free forever on the other side of the rainbow.

What happened to Isabella Leiper?

Isabella Leiper inquest suspended

Inquest hears triple-0 call after child’s death

Girl’s inquest told dad hurt baby son 22 years ago | Newcastle Herald (This page has been removed since the inquest was suspended. However, it’s been published in the Thursday edition of the Newcastle Herald. Like Trench says, you can’t unring the bell)

An inquest is being held into the suspicious death of Isabella Leiper (9). Young Isabella suffered from cerebral palsy, which restricted her movements and meant that she needed 24-hour care. On the afternoon of June 17, 2011, Isabella was found dead in her bed by her Dad in their Clarence Town, NSW home No one else except her father was home at the time. Dad had to run to a local business to call 000 and report that he’d found Isabella dead. Now, I’m a regular visitor to Clarence Town. My dear uncle lives there. It’s a small country town, but my uncle has a landline and a mobile. I can get mobile coverage in Clarence Town and I’m with one of the crappy mobile carriers. I think it’s very unusual that Dad had to go to a local shop to use their phone to make the call.

An autopsy revealed that she’d died from multiple internal injuries caused by blunt force trauma. The coroner suggested that they might have been caused by a closed fist. Seeing as Isabella was wheelchair bound, this couldn’t be caused by a fall from regular playing. Or horse riding. Someone hit her or stomped on her to cause those injuries.

What’s been published in the Newcastle Herald but has been removed since the inquest was suspended, was that Isabella’s dad caused the death of her older brother when he was a baby. On a trip to Newcastle 22 years ago, Mr Leiper was sick of the baby boy’s crying and threw him into a bassinet. The baby boy subsequently died of head injuries. I can’t tell you if he was charged or not, until I can get a hold of the hard copy of the article again. The Herald have taken down the online article, but the original article was published in Thursday’s edition of the paper and is still circulating Newcastle and the Hunter. (Skye, do you have Thursday’s edition of the Herald? I had a copy at work, but forgot to clip out the article and take it with me)

The latest news on Thursday was that the NSW deputy coroner was suspending the inquest until new evidence can be gathered. All of the witnesses (4) had been interviewed. She said that she was satisfied that there was enough evidence capable of convincing a jury that a “known person” had committed a serious offence. In other words, they have a suspect and they know that a crime was committed. The evidence has been passed on to public prosecutions to consider whether charges will be laid.

It doesn’t take a genius to put 2 and 2 together. Dad has a violent temper, as proven by the incident with Isabella’s brother. Isabella was vulnerable and needed so much time and resources for her care. All it could have taken is Isabella needing a drink or to be taken to the toilet or even giving Dad a mouthful of cheek and that would have caused him to snap and hit her. Hopefully they can get enough evidence to nail the bastard and put him away in jail for a very very long time. Abusing a child is bad enough, but when that kid has a disability and NEEDS that person to help them with basic bodily functions, and that person turns around and abuses them, that is just a whole new low. Not to mention that this bastard already killed a baby because he couldn’t control his temper, I don’t know why his wife stayed on to have more children with him for him to kill. She probably thought it was an “accident”. Well, no. Hurting a baby because you can’t control your temper is not an accident.

Isabella was much loved at her school and a touching obituary was written in the school newsletter. All the kids miss her and feel her loss very keenly. As yet another angel departs this world, we at BB too feel her loss.

Rest in Peace, Isabella. You are no longer restricted in your movements. Run, skip, play as you never did before. Be free.

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