The grandmother of a toddler who died of head injury from a motorcycle accident said she had reconnected with one of the people responsible for the tragic death, her own daughter.
Belinda Valentine lost her granddaughter Chloe, 4, after the girl was forced to ride a 50kg motorcycle that crashed repeatedly over a three-day period in the backyard of her home in Adelaide in January 2012.
The girl eventually succumbed to the injuries she sustained and died in her hospital bed, The advertiser reported.
The drug-addicted mother Ashlee Polkinghorne, 27, and her violent, then-partner Benjamin Robert McPartland, 35, were imprisoned for manslaughter and given a non-parole term of more than four years.
Polkinghorne was released on conditional release on Thursday.
Belinda Valentine (photo) lost her granddaughter Chloe, 4, after the girl was forced to ride a motorcycle that crashed repeatedly over a three-day period in the backyard of her home in Adelaide in January 2012
The girl eventually succumbed to the injuries she sustained and died in her hospital bed
Polkinghorne is also the daughter of Mrs. Valentine, who said that for some time she had led nothing but maltreatment against her child.
& # 39; I tried to hate her, & # 39; said Mrs. Valentine.
& # 39; I wanted. But it really made me very sick, all that hatred and confusion and judgment. & # 39;
Only after the death of Polkinghorne & # 39; s grandmother did mother and daughter begin to talk and heal.
& # 39; But we had to acknowledge how deep our unconditional love for our children really is and we had to learn to distinguish Ashlee & # 39; s behavior from who she is. & # 39;
Before Chloe died, Families SA received 20 reports of abuse by friends and family about the dirty, temporary and unsafe living conditions of the girl.
The coroner Mark Johns said that Polkinghorne often received the benefit of the doubt from social workers, who helped to clean her house and avoided confronting her with her drug use.
Johns described Polkinghorne as an accomplished and manipulative liar & # 39; who easily fooled her case workers.
& # 39; Ashlee had virtually limitless options to address her issues, & # 39; he said.
She also received three supported accommodation sites and government-subsidized childcare.
The drug-addicted mother Ashlee Polkinghorne and her violent, then-partner Benjamin Robert McPartland were imprisoned for manslaughter and given a non-parole term of more than four years
A royal investigation into the death of Little Chloe was launched and the law eventually changed to protect children and prevent similar goals
He said the agency was a & # 39; mistake & # 39; when they claimed it was not necessary to test Polkinghorne, a well-known user of amphetamine. They condemned the failure of the & # 39; rigid & # 39; agency to consider Chloes grandmother as a potential guardian.
& # 39; (Families SA) took the path of least resistance, and the entire history of her association with Ashlee is a history of instinct, indecision, and aimlessness & quot;
In a damning verdict, the coroner found that social workers & # 39; blatantly were left out of consideration & # 39; with their legal responsibilities to catch children of negligent parents.
Despite the difficult times after the death of little Chloe, Valentine, her husband Steve Harvey and the brothers Chad, Scott and Jake van Polkinghorne slowly started to reconnect with Polkinghorne.
What began as letters sent between the two camps slowly evolved towards visits to Adelaide Women & # 39; s Prison, where Polkinghorne was imprisoned.
Mrs. Valentine said that her daughter hated herself for a long time and that there would often be reports of a collapse of prisoners when news of the girl's death appeared in the media.
In a damning verdict, the coroner found that social workers & # 39; blatantly were left out of consideration & # 39; in their legal responsibilities to catch children of neglected parents
& # 39; She wants to die, of course, she thinks, "no one will ever forgive me, my life is over because I did this to this beautiful girl", & # 39; said Mrs. Valentine about her daughter.
She said that Polkinghorne started counseling in prison and that she would continue to attend sessions now that she was a free woman.
Mrs. Valentine said the image of her granddaughter continued to haunt the young mother, who worked hard to continue life.
She said her daughter would turn 28 in June and had chosen to live an honorable life in memory of the little girl.
The Polkinghorne family has already joined child protection programs to help families struggling with addiction.
Mrs. Valentine said that although she accepted the turn in 2012, she still felt herself angry – but the anger did nothing to change the past.
Before Chloe died, Families SA received 20 reports of abuse from friends and family about the dirty, temporary and unsafe living conditions of the girl
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