Mother let her three young girls eat from the bins, hit them with a broom and slept in a dog kennel – but the court decides that she still has custody of one child
- Three young girls will be removed from their mothers after & # 39; dramatic & # 39; neglect
- The Victorian tribunal heard that they were not fed and showered in their clothes
- A girl was forced to sleep in a doghouse after being locked out
- The three girls will see mum every month and their brother will live with her
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A mother forced her three children to find food in rubbish bins, hit them with a broom and made a sleep in a doghouse, in a horrible case of child neglect.
The mother tried unsuccessfully to fight a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the three girls would never come back to live with her.
The girls of 10, 7 and 4 years have been in foster homes for almost three years. A fourth child, a younger boy, lives with the mother.
Over the years there has been an & # 39; extraordinary & # 39; amount of contact between the ward and the children amidst & # 39; dramatic & # 39; worries about neglect, heard the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
A Victorian mother has lost custody of her three daughters after being forced to eat from the bins and beating them with a broom (stock image)
The tribunal was told that the mother had caused physical injury to the children and a child had described that she had slept in the doghouse when she had locked them out.
The children also reported that the mother hit them with a broom, dropped them in their clothes, and sent them to school without underwear.
The girls also reported that they should look for food from the neighbors' bins because the mother was not feeding them.
The ward told the tribunal that the behavior of the middle girl was extremely worrying, including threats of violence and attempts at self-harm. She also suffered nighttime panic attacks and presented various personalities, including an aggressive man, a dog, and a cat.
The older girl also has a post-traumatic stress disorder and has witnessed the mother's sexual abuse by a former partner.
The mother herself has an important history of protecting children and mental health problems, after being exposed to considerable violence as a child and sexual violence as an adult.
Each of the four children has a different father and none has played a role in their upbringing.
The mother previously denied the DHHS reports and disputed the diagnoses of the three girls.
A tribunal heard that one of the girls had to sleep in a dog kennel after being locked out of her house (stock image)
But in her ruling, the vice-president of the Victorian civil and administrative court, judge Marilyn Harbison, said it was the right decision not to let the girls come back to live with her.
& # 39; I am convinced that there is no real chance of a safe reunification of one of the girls with the mother in the next 12 months, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; To arrive at that decision, I have considered the interests of each of the children. & # 39;
She said that while the mother went to great lengths to improve her life, there were major problems that stemmed from her evidence, including her failure to recognize her children's earlier trauma.
Judge Harbison confirmed that the girls could have contact with the mother once a month.
The case manager of the DDHS secretary told the tribunal, while there are no current concerns with the young boy, he was not convinced that the cycle of abuse would stop.
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The girls were forced to eat from the bowl of their neighbor, because they were not fed at home, the tribunal heard (stock image)
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