CBN woman con­victed of child abuse to be sen­tenced in Septem­ber

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

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. 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 pris­on­ers 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, de­fense 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, of which she has served 155.

When asked if she had any­thing to say, the woman de­clined.

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

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