The Melbourne Sun Herald reported on Friday 2nd July about a mother who poured boiling water over her 4 year old daughter’s leg and back as punishment for her spoiling her bed. The mum had told the girls dad on a access visit that she had a bad nappy rash…on advice of a GP, the dad took the girl to hospital where it was discovered it was a liquid burn and not a rash.
Judge Sue Pullen said the mothers actions were on the extreme end of abuse and yet defended her sentence of the mother saying; “That she had already suffered enough punishment through her depression and the fact she had lost custody of her child… and found her guilty of recklessly causing serious injury”
The report notes the girls father now has custody of his daughter.
I believe any parent who abuses their children in any extreme way should lose custody of their child. The judges decision raises questions that have to be asked in regards to our societal response in caring for those who are abused and how we respond to the abuser. Would this judge sentence a dad the same way?