Mother Murders Baby - Got Probaltion but NO Jail

Toronto Sun

"Light sentence for baby death appalling"

Edmonton Sun, By MINDELLE JACOBS, January 29, 2003

While the law has evolved over the centuries to reflect changing norms, we're still as uncomfortable as ever with the notion of female criminality.

How else to explain the sentence - if you can call it that - Sabrina Gail Milne received Monday for letting her 18-month-old daughter starve to death?

Milne fed baby Alissa for the last time one Friday last January in Grande Prairie, shut the bedroom door and then pretended she didn't exist.

Ignoring her baby's cries, she did household chores and chatted with family and friends on the phone. Two days later, she looked in on Alissa who was long dead.

"She knew what she was doing," said provincial court Judge Gary Mitchell. "She put her own comfort and convenience and health ahead of her child's."

Too bad the denunciation wasn't accompanied by an appropriate penalty. Milne, now 23, pleaded guilty in July to failing to provide the necessities of life. The maximum punishment is two years in jail.

Her sentence? A nine-month conditional term to be spent at her mom's house, followed by 27 months of probation.

She also has to go for counselling, take prescribed medication and not look after children under 12.

But she has no curfew and isn't required to perform any community service as restitution for her crime.

Now, there's a warning for other young mothers who may be contemplating letting their kids starve to death because they're bored with parenting: Leave your children to die and you get to go home and be a little girl

Milne, by the way, has expressed no remorse for her actions. Her lawyer said she was depressed and overwhelmed by the burden of motherhood.

"She was in agony over this. She's not a monster, she's just a young person who couldn't cope," he said.

What a bunch of malarkey. She didn't have several toddlers running around underfoot. She was only caring for one child and didn't have the added stress of working outside the home.

She could have picked up the phone and called a friend, relative or community clinic for help. She didn't bother.

She had the love and support of her trucker husband, Jamie, who called that Friday night from B.C. and heard Alissa crying in the background.

Milne laughed and joked on the phone and then lied about Alissa's hunger cries, saying the baby was teething.

The couple split up soon after Alissa's death and they are now divorcing. Jamie doesn't know whether he can ever face having another child.

He has moved to a different city to start a new life. He's disgusted that the Crown dropped the original charge of criminal negligence causing death and bitter at the light sentence Milne eventually received.

The prosecution didn't think it could prove its case under the Read More ..rious charge, says Alberta Justice spokesman Bart Johnson. For a criminal negligence conviction, you have to prove wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of others, he says. Gee, that pretty much sums up Milne's despicable behaviour.

In fact, she could just as easily have been charged with manslaughter. Instead, she was charged with a crime that has nothing to do with homicide.

But you can bet that if Jamie had killed Alissa, he would probably have been charged with murder.

Alberta Justice insists gender played no role in the case, but you have to wonder.

Our hearts tend to melt when criminals are female.

"There's an implicit societal assumption that when women kill they're psychologically damaged but when men kill, well, that's what they do," says U of A criminal law professor Sanjeev Anand.

"Female offenders who harm their children don't fit our paradigm of the criminal,"  he says.

It's about time we shook off such delusions. It devalues the lives of poor dead children and perpetuates the myth that women are simply victims of their hormones.

Canadian Press - New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - A New Brunswick judge says a woman who burned and dismembered her newborn son is criminally responsible for her actions.

Becky Sue Morrow earlier pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to a dead body and disposing of a newborn with the intent of concealing a delivery.

Judge David Walker ruled Friday that the 27-year-old woman may have been suffering from a mental disorder when she delivered the baby but that that was not the case when the baby's body was burned and its remains hidden.

It is not known if the baby was alive at the time of birth.

At a hearing last month, the court heard contrasting reports from the two psychiatrists. One said Ms. Morrow was in a "disassociated" mental state when the crime occurred. The other said she clearly planned her actions and understood the consequences.

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Woman convicted of killing 3 kids after custody battle


HELSINKI, Finland - A court in Finland has convicted a woman of murdering her three young children and has given her a life sentence.

The Espoo District Court says Thai-born Yu-Hsiu Fu was found guilty of strangling her 8-year-old twin daughters and 1-year-old son in her home.

She tried to kill herself afterward.

The verdict on Tuesday says the 41-year-old woman was found to be of sound mind at the time of the murders.

Court papers show the murders were preceded by a bitter custody battle with her Finnish husband who was living separately from her at the time of the murders.

A life sentence in Finland mean convicts usually serve at least 11 years in prison.

Mothers Who Kill Their Children
Canadian Press - Mother child abuse - sentenced 16 years in jail

Ontario woman convicted of son's starvation death granted full parole

Canadian Press
Wednesday, May. 22, 2002

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) -- An Ontario woman who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in one of Canada's stiffest penalties for child abuse will be released on full parole after serving less than half her term.

Lorelei Turner, 38, and her husband Steven were convicted of manslaughter in July 1995 for beating and starving their three-year-old son John to death in a case that horrified Canadians who followed the trial.

But on Wednesday, a panel of the National Parole Board in this eastern Ontario city ruled Turner will be released but placed on probation until July 2011.

Until then, she must remain within 25 kilometres of her residence, is not allowed unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and must continue to receive counselling.

"The board would have looked at the risk and obviously found a low risk to reoffend," Carol Sparling of the National Parole Board said Wednesday.


Yeeda Topham killed her baby son but walks free

Australian Associated Press
December 05, 2008

A WOMAN who killed her infant son by jumping with him from the eighth floor of a city apartment block has walked free after being convicted of manslaughter.

Yeeda Topham, 40, of Roleystone near Perth, had pleaded guilty in the West Australian Supreme Court to a charge of unlawfully killing 21-month-old James Topham on November 5 last year.    Read More ..

Mother Charged with Killing Her Baby

Firefighters Find Baby's Body In Washing Machine

Fire Officials Claim Fire Intentionally Set

NBC4-TV, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

LOS ANGELES, USA -- Murder charges are expected to be filed against a woman whose infant son's body was found in a washing machine after firefighters doused what they say was an intentionally set fire, authorities said Tuesday.

Latunga Starks, 32, was taken into custody last night, according to the Sheriff's Department Web site.

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Dennis Shirey identified the mother and her nearly 3-month-old son, Michael Kelvin Thompson.