A mother who failed to help her fatally injured 20-month-old toddler after the girl was brutally beaten by the woman’s partner has complained that she can’t go to the shops without being abused.
The 25-year-old mother, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, has been out on bail since she was found guilty of manslaughter in March.
The youngster was attacked on June 19, 2018 by Timothy Whiteley, her mother’s 29-year-old partner, at a house in the Hunter region of New South Wales.
‘I struggled a lot. I have been abused online, I have been subjected to abuse by the public,” the woman said during the sentencing in Newcastle court on Friday.
This toddler suffered fatal injuries after being beaten at her home in the Hunter region in 2018
“This has made tasks like just going to the store extremely difficult,” she added The Daily Telegraph.
She later told a forensic psychiatrist that she thought her daughter simply “had an infection” on the day she died.
She was found guilty in March by a Newcastle District Court jury of manslaughter for criminal negligence.
The mother denied smoking cannabis before the murder.
She told the court on Friday that she constantly asked herself, “Why her, why my beautiful girl?” and was there anything she could have done to help her daughter before telling the court how she was now suffering from depression, anxiety and nightmares.
Whiteley was found guilty by a jury of the murder of the toddler in her bedroom and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in February with a minimum of 24 years behind bars.
In sentencing Whiteley, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rothman said that, given the blood on the bedding and drawers, the first assault on the toddler was on the bed and then the child turned violent and forceful against a couple. load.
Timothy Andrew Whiteley (pictured) was convicted of murder over the death of 20-month-old toddler
But what exactly had happened could not be said.
Justice Rothman said there appeared to be no motive for the attack, other than that Whiteley had previously seen some suggestive messages the mother had sent to his brother and that he was stressed over the loss of his glasses.
Whitelely, 29, told police he initially thought the girl had fallen out of bed and hit her head.
The toddler died of multiple injuries, including a brain hemorrhage, six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, lacerations to her liver and bleeding into her abdominal cavity.
The girl had received several blows or kicks to the body.
Her bloodstained pink Minnie Mouse size 1 pajamas were later found in the bathroom.
Whiteley during his arrest in 2018. He has been sentenced to at least 24 years behind bars for the murder
On Friday, the child’s biological father told the court of his immense pain and grief over the loss of his daughter in such a cruel manner.
“You got me life that day, because now I have to live without her.” he said in a statement addressed to the mother.
“Not only did you fail to protect her, you also failed to give her the medical attention she needed.” he said.
The crowning case against Whiteley was that he had been the only adult in the toddler’s bedroom when she was attacked.
Whiteley claimed he did not cause the girl’s injuries or participate in the attack.
The toddler’s mother also denied that she inflicted the injuries.
A key piece of evidence against Whiteley was the mother’s claim that while Whiteley was performing CPR on the toddler before an ambulance was called, he said, “Don’t die because of me, you little bitch.”
Whiteley denied making the comment, claiming the mother was making it up to shift blame for the girl’s injuries.
Mr Whiteley (pictured) was found guilty of murder and the girl’s mother was convicted of manslaughter
Whiteley and the girl’s mother were the only adults in the house with the toddler when a visitor heard a loud thud just before 12:20 p.m.
The toddler was carried from the bedroom by Whiteley shortly afterwards in a clearly distressed, unconscious and unresponsive manner, but an ambulance was not called until 4:59pm.
The woman at her trial told the court that during those four hours, the child had been alert and talking — something medical experts said would have been impossible.
She suffered from brain haemorrhages, six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, internal bleeding and lacerations to her liver.
The toddler was pronounced dead at John Hunter Hospital at 6:03 p.m.
The mother will be sentenced on June 23.