A father who starved his daughter in the worst case of child abuse in Australia could be released in November – only 12 years after the seven-year-old body was found with bull ants crawling out of her mouth and peeling the skin off her toes.
The man, who can only be called BW, has been in jail with his wife SW since their arrest in 2007, two weeks after their daughter Ebony died on her bedroom floor in Hawks Nest, on the mid-north coast of NSW.
When her body was found by paramedics, the young girl saw in her own stools, her skin just a thin layer over bones and her face sunk.
She only weighed nine kilos.
This week, the father submitted an application to the NSW Parliamentary Council to be released from prison when his minimum sentence is imposed, making him eligible to be released in November.
The man was found guilty of the murder of his daughter and sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison. His wife was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 40 years.
A father who hungered his daughter and allowed her a & # 39; slow and torturous death & # 39; only 12 years after the body of the seven-year-old girl was found on her bedroom floor
A few weeks before her death, Ebony, who had autism, and her family moved from Sydney to Hawks Nest.
There she was trapped in a room closed by a rope. There were no toys or possessions in it, and her clothing and bedding were covered with vomit and stools.
Ebony (photo) was described by experts as & # 39; mummified & # 39 ;. She was in her own stool with bull ants coming out of her mouth when she was found
BW was judged by a judge in 2009 & # 39; unlikely recidivism & # 39; and is expected to be released conditionally.
The decision is made during a meeting with BW in September and he could already be a free man on November 16, news.com.au reported.
When the case came to court, BW claimed that he had taken 25 valium pills a day and was too struck to have noticed his daughter who died for him.
He had told the police that his wife, SW, entered Ebony's bedroom on November 3 at 6:30 am and said her behavior had quickly become irrational and asked what was wrong.
As the morning progressed, BW SW kept asking what was wrong, but & # 39; in the morning & # 39; he checked the young girl.
Instead, he told the police that he was working on the race shape guide.
At 11 o'clock he tried to get another answer from his wife and asked: & # 39; Is she dead? & # 39;
The forensic pathologist who went to the parental home on the day of Ebony's death said the girl was in an extreme degree of exhaustion … wasted and dehydrated … almost resembled a mummy & # 39 ;.
Ebony no longer appears on photos around July 2006 and experts think her parents no longer fed her mid-October.
An autopsy suggested that she had not been fed for weeks before her death and would not have had the strength to support even her own head
Mother SW had found Ebony around 6:30 on November 3. BW had repeatedly called to ask what was wrong, but did not look at his daughter himself, but chose to focus on the form guide
Her mother, SW, told the police that she had been in the living room of the house twice the day before her death, and both parents had claimed that Ebony had eaten dinner and watched TV with them the night before she died.
But Dr. Edward O & Loughlin, a gastroenterologist at Westmead Children's Hospital, said Ebony would not have been able to support her own head, let alone stand two weeks before her death .
A police statement released by the court in 2007 said Ebony & # 39; s death & # 39; slow and torture & # 39; used to be.
BW has requested conditional release and could be a free man by November if he is successful. He will have a closed meeting with the conditional board in September
& # 39; The room had few effects and was strewn with droppings, & # 39; read the document.
& # 39; (Ebony) was wearing a pair of bed clothes and three pairs of socks, which have been on for a long time, causing her skin to languish.
& # 39; Her body was contaminated with stale urine. & # 39;
Judge Robert Hulme said in the eight weeks prior to her death, BW & # 39; no interest in (Ebony) & # 39; had shown, even though she knew she wasn't feeling well.
& # 39; Even if she was locked up in that room, the need she was in would have been … audible, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; BW couldn't care less. A father could not show less love to his child.
& # 39; The terrible cruelty that had become its existence did not worry him. & # 39;
Justice Hulme accepted that BW had not seen his daughter & # 39; once it had reached the point that it was clear that she was likely to die & # 39 ;.
For years BW and SW were heavy users of painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs for the death of Ebony.
SW had claimed that she was governed by BW, who cut her off from her family and who & # 39; unpredictably violent & # 39; against her.
BW had left school in 11 years and was addicted to valium from the age of 18.
Both BW and SW had difficulty raising Ebony, with autism diagnosed and showing hyperactive and sometimes destructive behavior.
Pictured: the parental home in Hawks Nest, where Ebony was only found seven years old
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