Jail time ahead for mother convicted of child abuse

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on July 24, 2014

The Conception Bay North mother convicted on 20 varying charges of child abuse is looking at serious jail time.
Inside the stuffy courtroom at provincial court in Harbour Grace on July 23, crown prosecutor Lisa Stead told Judge James Walsh she was looking for a sentence of 14 years.

“There is a lack of remorse,” said Stead. “(She) believes she did nothing wrong.”

The Crown submitted victim impact statements from the children involved. Reading them, Stead’s voice bristled with emotion and her voiced cracked before finishing.

The woman, whose identity is banned from publication by court order, never lifted her gaze from the floor in front of her. Wearing a orange prisoner’s suit, she wiped tears from her eyes as the impact statements were read out.

Due to the graphic and disturbing nature of many of the charges, The Compass has decided not to print many of the details.

The case has grabbed the attention of the entire province and has stoked a large amount of anger and hate in the comments section of online news sites and social media.

Meanwhile, defence attorney Jeff Slade is seeking a maximum of eight years for his client, whose charges include numerous counts of assault, forcible confinement and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

“It is whether the sentence is a fit for this situation,” he said.

Slade is seeking one day for every day served. So far the woman has served 155 days.

When given the opportunity to speak, the woman declined.

Walsh will give his decision on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

The Compass will continue to follow this story.

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