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.