BR Mba Toddler Killed – CP

by ahnationtalk on August 3, 201761 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 3, 2017

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba judge is asking why no one stepped in to prevent the neglect and abuse that left a 21-month-old girl malnourished, suffering from untreated injuries and finally dead from a beating by her mother.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Martin says there were flags that the child was in danger, yet nobody did anything about it.

Yesterday, he sentenced Vanessa Lynn Bushie to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.

The 39-year-old leaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder in the July 2014 death of her daughter Kierra Williams on the Peguis First Nation north of Winnipeg.

Court heard Kierra was seized at birth by child welfare workers due to concerns about possible domestic violence in the family home, and spent most of the first year of her life happy and healthy in foster care.

In the summer of 2013, she was returned to Bushie and Bushie’s husband, Daniel Williams, who is to stand trial next February on a charge of manslaughter.

Child and Family Services monitored the family for a few months after Kierra was returned, but eventually closed her file.

Older children in the home told court Bushie would hit the girl in the head and buttocks, throw her violently on the ground and make her sleep on the hard floor.

(The Canadian Press)

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