Thousands have supported a family's plea to keep their boy's murderer in prison after he made an offer for early release after just four years behind bars.
Matthew James Ireland, 33, was sentenced to eight and a half years after Hemi Goodwin-Burke's manslaughter in March 2015 when he looked after the 18-month-old toddler in the city of Moranbah in northern Queensland.
He was eligible for a conditional release on Saturday and has already applied to be released, meaning he could become a free man within three weeks.
The news aroused indignation from Hemi & # 39; s destroyed parents Shane Burke and Kerri-Ann Goodwin.
Shane Burke and Kerri-Ann Goodwin want the murderer of their baby boy to stay behind bars
& # 39; Yesterday our family was told the incredible news that we still can't fathom. Hemi & # 39; s killer has requested parole, you dirty, scum, oxygen thief, you took our son's life and you destroyed our girl's lives, & Mrs. Goodwin posted on the Justice for Hemi Facebook page on Sunday.
& # 39; Now, you think you can come back to relive your life, after having done just four years for violently beating our son to death, this is a joke! & # 39;
& # 39; My head and heart rotate a hundred miles per hour, how the hell can this happen! & # 39;
Child murderer Matthew Ireland, depicted with Hemi Goodwin-Burke, could soon become a free man
Since the tragic death of their little boy, the couple have become outspoken campaigners for longer sentences for violence against children and have called on the parole committee to listen to families of victims.
Hemi's parents want to argue their case in person to the conditional release as to why Ireland should stay behind bars.
& # 39; This was not an accident. He killed Hemi. I find it just so insulting for Hemi's & # 39; s memory and also for the Queensland community, & # 39; Mr. Burke said Daily Mercury.
Mrs. Goodwin added: & We want to keep our community safe. A child's life is worth more than four years. & # 39;
More than 5200 have signed one Change.org petition within a few hours of being instituted, calling on President Michael Burke to reject Ireland's conditional release.
Toddler Hemi Goodwin-Burke died in 2015 of the horrific injuries sustained by his nanny
& # 39; You think you can come back to relive your life, after having done only four years for the violent beating of our son to death, this is a joke! & # 39 ;, & # 39; Hemi & # 39; s mother (photo) posted on Sunday
& # 39; Our baby was violently pushed, hit and kicked in a sustained and cruel attack by a mature man … 78 bruises, torn internal organs, broken bones and a broken brainstem. And his killer will be released after only FOUR YEARS? HOW IS THIS FAIR? & # 39; Hemi & # 39; s family explains in the petition.
According to Hemi's parents, Ireland spent the first two years of his judgment in pre-trial detention awaiting a conviction without rehabilitation programs.
& # 39; How can a parenting board even consider this baby killer a rehabilitation? & # 39; sets the petition.
& # 39; This is a public security issue. We cannot allow this convicted child killer into our community where he might take the life of another child violently. & # 39;
Hemi (photo) suffered 78 bruises, torn internal organs, broken bones and a broken brainstem four years ago. His murderer could be released from prison within a few weeks
Hemi's parents are grateful for the overwhelming public support for the online petition so far.
& # 39; This person must stay behind for the rest of his life to bring the death penalty back to Australia, wrote a furious supporter.
Another addition: Every child killer or child abuser must be brought to life, he has deprived these poor babies of the chance to become a fine young man. Someone has to stand up for our children. & # 39;
Shane Burke and Kerri-Ann Goodwin, pictured with the newborn Hemi, fight to keep the murderer of their son behind bars and want to personally present their case to the parole council
More than 5,200 people have signed a Change.org petition calling on Ireland to stay in prison
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