Thursday, 13 November 2008
Child Abuse - Update
Further information has come to light since my posting yesterday. Judging by the reaction I got, I am sure that you will be delighted to know that the mother of baby P is, in fact, in prison. All three of them will be sentenced next month.
We can only go by what we read in the newspapers but one has stated today, through a source at the jail, that she was bragging about what had happened to her baby!
She has given birth to another child since then, a little girl and says she fully expects to be home by Christmas. She wants to be re-united with her daughter. She was being allowed supervised visits with the child until the other prisoners became so angry, and security became such an issue, that she has been prevented from having any contact with the child. She also has three other children. I assume that they are in care or with other members of the family.
A police source has stated, regarding all three prisoners - "None of them appear to be worried or sorry about what happened to the baby. They all feel very sorry for themselves but have not shown any remorse at all."
Well, you know my feelings about this subject and what I hope will happen to them. She should have no further contact with her children - ever. All of them should spend a very long time in jail. I will keep you informed of what sentences they are given in December.
Today the papers are full of another case, that of Shannon M. This is a case of a different type but still amounts to abuse. Shannon's mother , who has several other children, together with the help of her partner's uncle decided to "stage" a disappearance of the child. She telephoned the police to report her missing. She made tearful appeals on t.v. for the girl to come home or for anyone holding her to release her and to give themselves up.
The police search for this nine year old girl cost over three million pounds, many volunteers joined in the search, thousands of properties were checked, cars stopped. Over three weeks later, little Shannon was found in the home of the partner's uncle. He had picked her up from school and told her he was taking her to the fair. He took her to his home. There she was tethered by the neck so she could not escape and fed drugs to keep her quiet. Her mother knew this all the time.
Their motive - money. They knew that, as in nearly all cases of missing children, a reward would be offered. They wanted the £50,000 that was put up. What sort of a mother would put her nine year old child through this? Although the little girl was not sexually assaulted, not beaten nor starved, this is still child abuse - and child abuse for sheer greed. I hope they throw the book at those two as well.
It always saddens me that so many women in the world would like a child and will spend any amount of money and go through endless treatments to have one, when people like this, who have been blessed, can treat their children in such a fashion.
I do not want all my entries to be doom and gloom but I did want to update you all on the first story.
Anyway, I have a couple of new photos to share with you today. In the first one, Jesse has his ears up for a change. Jack is his usual photogenic self, he loves having his picture taken.
Off to make a phone call now. Becky phoned and I had to tell her I was in the middle of a journal entry. I told her I would not be long so, no doubt she is waiting for me to ring her. After that, it will be time for lunch.
Until the next time, dear friends and readers.