From the minute my daughter was born, I developed a fierce sense of protection for her, as I’m sure most new mothers do. However, I have become a paranoid mummy (as it seems many of us are). There is story after story in the media about child abuse, paedophiles, kidnapping, the list goes on. And it can happen anywhere, even on holiday or at nursery. These horror stories are heart-breaking and can make you feel like you shouldn’t take your eyes off your children for a minute, in case it might happen to them. It’s hard because you have to put your trust in other people too, whether it’s a nanny, a nursery, or a kids club on holiday. It’s sad that this is the world we live in.
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The heart-breaking story of Khyra Ishaq, who was maltreated and starved to death at the hands of her mother and step-father, was in the news today as their trial ended.
Source: BBC.co.uk 25 February 2010
“A mother who starved her seven-year-old daughter to death has been cleared of murder, but has admitted manslaughter. Prosecutors accepted Angela Gordon’s defence of diminished responsibility over the death of Khyra Ishaq and agreed to the lesser charge. Gordon’s partner, Junaid Abuhamza, had a manslaughter plea accepted as too, following an earlier report on his mental health. Khyra was found severely emaciated at a house in Handsworth, Birmingham, in 2008 and died in hospital…”.
Read the full story on BBC.co.uk here
I don’t understand how anyone could do this to a child and I don’t understand our legal system. I know I am not an expert, but to me this should still be classed as murder. [click to continue…]