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8yo Qld girl died alone, in pain: inquest

A Queensland girl who was repeatedly bashed with a metal pole by her mother asked the woman to pray for her hours before she died alone and in pain.
The horrific abuse the eight-year-old was subjected to in the days leading up to her death in Cairns in 2011 was outlined by a Coroner on Friday.
"I flogged her with the vacuum pole in her room and kept hitting her and hitting her," the girl's mother told police after the death.
The girl was beaten with the pole on three occasions between November 22 and 28, 2011.
During the days in between she lay in bed in pain.
On one occasion the girl was bashed so hard the pole bent so that sharp points along its length cut the girl every time she was hit.
Following a beating on November 28, 2011, the girl asked her mother for drugs to relieve the pain, but the woman said there was none in the house.
The girl replied: "Well could you at least say a prayer for me?"
She died later that day.
An autopsy revealed the girl, whose body was covered in bruises, died from the effects of blunt force injuries and congenital heart disease.
The girl would have been in significant pain and had difficulty walking for several days leading up to her death.
An inquest looking into the involvement government departments, private agencies and the girl's extended family had with the girl was held this month in Cairns.
Northern Coroner Jane Bentley said Queensland's child safety department and abuse preventative agency Act for Kids didn't do enough to protect the girl.
The inquest heard the girl became "invisible" in the system, despite abuse claims in 2009 and 2010, and it went undetected that she didn't attend school for a year before her death.
Coroner Bentley said it was "inexplicable" the girl's extended family, including her aunt, uncle and step grandparents, knew about the abuse but didn't tell authorities.
The girl's step grandfather said he'd noticed bruising on the girl for 12 months before her death.
Coroner Bentley said the girl was a defenceless child who died "alone and in pain".
There were no reports of the other children at the house being abused.
The mother is serving a seven year jail sentence after last year pleading guilty to manslaughter.
The girl's stepfather was sentenced to three years jail on the same charge after admitting he turned a blind eye to the abuse.
The family can't be named for legal reasons.

news.ninemsn.com.au (27-6-2014)
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/27/19/19/8yo-qld-girl-died-alone-in-pain-inquest



Couple jailed over Qld child's death

A Queensland mum who bashed her eight-year-old daughter to death with a vacuum cleaner pipe had accused the girl of exaggerating her symptoms in the days before she died.
The 28-year-old woman, a New Zealand citizen, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Cairns on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter.
The woman's 24-year-old Australian husband, who has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to three years behind bars for turning a blind eye to the abuse.
It was revealed in court that the woman repeatedly beat her daughter over a two-week period in November 2011.
The girl was found dead in a unit in Cairns on November 28, 2011.
Her body was almost entirely covered in bruises, and doctors concluded she died from blood loss caused by blunt force trauma.
When questioned by ambulance staff about the bruises, the woman said: "I won't lie to you, some of them are from me".
The court heard the woman beat the girl with the end of the vacuum pipe after she refused to wash the dishes.
On another occasion, she bashed the child after the girl asked if she could return to New Zealand to live with her father.
Following yet another beating, the woman made the girl sit in her room with the lights off so her husband couldn't see the bruises she'd inflicted.
"If he found out or seen what I done I'd be out of the house," the mother told police.
In the days leading up to her death, the girl complained of dizziness and needed help getting to the toilet.
The woman said she didn't believe the girl and thought she was "exaggerating her symptoms".
Sentencing Judge James Henry said the girl was subjected to a "prolonged death".
"All the more horrific that it was suffered by someone so young," he said.
"This child was beaten to death."
The woman's lawyer, Joshua Trevino, told the court that his client had a number of mental health issues and had suffered serious sexual and physical assaults throughout her life.
Mr Trevino said his client had sought help from social services and family members after realising she had "angry feelings" toward her daughter.
Justice Henry acknowledged the woman's early guilty plea and her extensive mental health issues during sentencing.
However, he said there was no reason for him to believe social services had failed the woman.
Prosecutor Roger Griffith said the stepfather stopped the mother from abusing the girl on a number of occasions. However, the man admitted he could have done more.
"I could have done something," he said during an interview with police.
"The floggings have been going on for weeks. I've been trying to stop her. They mainly happen when I'm at work."
Those in the packed public gallery sobbed throughout the court proceedings.
The woman must serve at least half of her sentence, while her partner will be eligible for parole in May next year.
The pair can't be named for legal reasons.

www.dailytelegraph.com.au (27-8-2013)
Cleo Fraser
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/qld-mum-to-learn-fate-over-girls-death/story-fni0xqi3-1226704735970



Girl, 8, beaten to death by mother with vacuum cleaner pipe because she refused to do dishes, court told

A Queensland mum told police she repeatedly beat her daughter with a vacuum cleaner pipe in the weeks before the eight-year-old died.
The 28-year-old woman, is being sentenced in the Supreme Court in Cairns after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Prosecutor Roger Griffith told the court the woman admitted repeatedly beating her daughter with the pipe in the two weeks leading to her death.
The girl was found dead in a unit in Cairns on November 2011. Her body was almost entirely covered in bruises, and doctors concluded she died from blood loss caused by blunt force trauma.
The court heard today that the mother beat the girl with end of the pole after she refused to wash the dishes.
She had also bashed the child after the girl asked if she could live with her father.
Following another beating, the woman made the girl sit in her room with the lights off so her partner couldn't see the bruises she'd inflicted.
``If he found out or seen what I done I'd be out of the house,'' the mother told police.
In the days leading up to her death, the girl complained of dizziness and needed help getting to the toilet.
Mr Griffith told the court the woman had told police she thought her daughter was exaggerating her symptoms.
On November 28, 2011, the woman called an ambulance after finding the girl unresponsive in bed.
The woman's husband, 24, who has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter, is also being sentenced on Tuesday.
Mr Griffith said the man stopped the mother from abusing the girl on a number of occasions.
However, he admitted he could have done more.
``I could have done something,'' he said during an interview with police.
``The floggings have been going on for weeks. I've been trying to stop her. They mainly happen when I'm at work.''
The pair can't be named for legal reasons.
The sentencing hearing continues.

The Courier Mail (27-8-2013)
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/girl-8-beaten-to-death-by-mother-with-vacuum-cleaner-pipe-because-she-refused-to-do-dishes-court-told/story-fnii5v70-1226704997002



Girl 'abused for year before death'

An 8-year-old girl suffered a year of abuse at the hands of her New Zealand mother - including being beaten with metal pipes - before being found dead at her home, a court has heard.
Ane Leaso has been charged with torture and two counts of assault for allegedly physically abusing her daughter Faith.
Faith's body was found in a suburban Cairns apartment on Monday night - police have not ruled out charging Leaso with her murder.
Leaso is also alleged to have bashed Faith, who was born in Tauranga, with a metal vacuum cleaner pipe, the Cairns court heard.
Last night, Leaso's parents, Paulo and Ipu, of Tauranga, said the death of their granddaughter was "very painful".
But they do not want to make any judgment about what happened to their granddaughter until they see their daughter.
"Accidents can happen to anyone. We love her, that's why we want to get there. Now my granddaughter's gone and my daughter needs help - she needs love," Mr Leaso told the Herald.
"Those kind of things can happen to anyone, but in the meantime we're really concerned about my daughter."
Mr Leaso and his wife will travel to Cairns on Monday to bury Faith and support their 27-year-old daughter.
Leaso has two other daughters younger than Faith, Gloria and Harmony, and is due to give birth next month.
Australian police prosecutor Senior Constable Bob Soper told the Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday that once forensic and pathology tests were carried out it was possible that Leaso could be charged with murder, the Australian reported.
"The defendant has made admissions that she caused the death of the child by assaulting her over a long period," Mr Soper said.
Leaso allegedly "repeatedly assaulted" Faith with a metal vacuum cleaner pipe after abusing her for a year before her death.
"The 8-year-old child [suffered] from a prolonged period of physical and emotional abuse for 12 months," Mr Soper told the court.
A midwife had told police Leaso could have been suffering from postnatal depression during the period of abuse, he said.
Leaso withdrew Faith from primary school to hide the pattern of abuse, he told the court.
"In November 2010 the defendant removed her child from school following an intervention by the Department of Child Safety, it is alleged to conceal the child's injuries by taking her out of school."
When he arrives in Cairns, Mr Leaso hopes to help his daughter "really repent and turn back to God".
"Now my granddaughter's gone but what we're concerned about is the soul of my daughter."
Paulo and Ipu Leaso adopted Ane from Samoa when she was 2 and took her back to Tauranga with their elder daughter, also called Ipu. The girls were raised and schooled there.
After Faith was born, the family moved to Australia in 2005 to pioneer a Samoan church in Cairns.
Mr Leaso's two daughters stayed there while he and his wife came back to New Zealand in 2010.
While the couple were in Cairns, they looked after Faith.
"She was a really good girl ... a very good girl," Mr Leaso said.
His elder daughter, Ipu, who also lives in Cairns, called him on Monday and told him that his granddaughter had died.
"It was a very, very big shock to us."
Leaso's young daughters are staying with her partner of two years, Matthew Webb, but Mr Leaso said he and his wife would look after them when they arrive in Cairns next week.
He hoped to bring the girls back to New Zealand with him.
Mr Leaso said Faith's father lived in New Zealand but was "not in the picture".

m.nzherald.co.nz (2-12-2011)
Amelia Wade
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10770292








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