The bush town of Macclesfield, in the Adelaide hills, has been rocked by the murder of a 2 year old girl, and the subsequent arrest of her mother. Catherine Anne Pallin (38) was arrested and charged with murder, after police found the body of her 2 year old daughter Ayeesha Pallin in a lonely bush grave near an isolated dirt road in Flaxley.
The court heard that a neighbour called authorities when Catherine knocked on a neighbour’s door at 11.30pm Wednesday night. The neighbour reported that Catherine was calm but looked like she’d been through some trauma. She did not object to the neighbour calling the police and the neighbour had no idea who Catherine was or why she was there. Police immediately began searching for Ayeesha and recovered her body shortly before 7am the next morning, on a property on Willis Rd, Flaxley. The property didn’t belong to Catherine, she didn’t know the owners, it was just a convenient spot to dispose of her daughter’s body.
The town is shocked by the murder of the little girl and the arrest of her mother. Residents say that Catherine Pallin doted on Ayeesha and would often bring her around to have tea with neighbours. Ayeesha was just learning to string words together and Catherine was discussing preschool with her neighbours. Neighbours also say that Catherine was a quiet woman who kept to herself.
So where did it go wrong? Why did Catherine kill her daughter, the little girl she adored and doted on? At the moment, police aren’t revealing how exactly Ayeesha died. However Catherine’s lawyers are asking that she undergo a mental health assessment, which, given that Catherine was quiet and introverted, may indicate that she suffered from depression. Catherine and Ayeesha lived, along with Ayeesha’s father and Catherine’s partner, a Mr Bentley and his son from a previous relationship, in Bugle Ranges, in a home that was undergoing renovations to provide for their growing family. A shop in Macclesfield put out flowers in memory of Ayeesha, who would pick flowers along the footpath while walking with her dad.
It’s just so overwhelmingly sad. Why, why, why the fuck did Catherine kill her little girl that she loved so much? What stupid reason could Catherine possibly have to suddenly hate her daughter so much that she wanted to kill her? I couldn’t find any pictures of Ayeesha until I looked Catherine up on Facebook and found photos of Catherine cuddling Ayeesha, breastfeeding her and Ayeesha looking like the happiest little girl in the world. It’s clear that Catherine loved her to the moon and back, but why did she kill her?