Once again, the law protects the criminals.
A 39 year old bad dad allegedly threw his 5 week old baby girl into her cot as hard as he could. The poor little baby, who has a twin, is now in a critical condition in Redcliffe hospital, fighting for her life.
Bad dad appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday, facing one count of grievous bodily harm, and where he successfully applied for bail (wtf?!). The court heard that Bad Dad threw the little baby into her cot as hard as he could, after becoming enraged at her crying. Of course he did. It’s the oldest excuse in the book. How hard is it to simply place the baby in her cot, shut the door and go and watch TV or have a beer (but not too many) while baby settles herself? Provided that baby has had something to eat, a clean nappy and a cuddle. I’m child-free and I know never to hurt a baby.
As part of his bail conditions, Bad Dad will have to go live with his sister on the Gold Coast and is to have no contact with either of his babies. If I were the sister, I’d be thinking twice about letting a violent and immature dickhead live with me. Especially if she has young children.
Bad Dad will reappear in court on July 2. Hopefully we can get names and a better picture, and the real shaming can begin!
Kimberley Harte, 23 and Samuel Duncan, 26, of London, England, were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and could face life sentences. Just seven weeks after their daughter was returned to them by social services, they tortured her by making her eat feces, giving her cold baths, pouring boiling water over her hands, ripping out her hair, kicking her, and locking her in the bathroom. The child was originally removed from her home because of domestic violence between the parents.
The girl – whose name cannot be released for legal reasons – was examined under general anaesthetic because she was in too much pain and near death. The child has cerebral palsy, and the abuse has caused her to regress.
It appears that the decision to let her go back home highlighted failures in the British social services system. Social workers gave her back to her parents despite strong objections from the girl’s foster parents. Once she was home, staff readily accepted injuries as accidents, and made minimal contact with her dad. They also believed the mother’s excuse five times in two months that the girl couldn’t be seen by social workers because she was out with her father. Since abusers hide their victims, this should have been a huge red flag.
The case has horrified the British public who worked hard to change the system after eight-year-old Victoria Climbie was tortured to death in 2000.
Not to give any excuses, but it looks like underfunded and understaffed British social services is overwhelmed these days. Not only with run-of-the-mill child abuse matters, but with cases of ritual abuse inflicted when families believe a child is possessed by evil spirits. The vast majority of ritual abuse happen in first or second generation migrants from African countries, south Asia, and the Caribbean.
Maybe folks have been watching the Omen and the Exorcist a little too much. Damn.