She was battered and had fractures to most of her body.
"The teenager is charged alongside the baby's father over alleged neglect that took place in their Brooklyn Park home between November 6 and 16 last year. They were initially charged with murder but charges for the mother and father were downgraded to criminal neglect."
"The sheer volume of injuries to this small child make this a very, very serious matter and of course no doubt led to the eventual death of the child."
Ebony's cause of death was blunt force head trauma.
Prosecutor, Ms Amos said she expected the teenager would claim she could do nothing to stop the injuries.
Bronwen Waldron, for the teenager, who cannot be named because she was under 18 at the time of the alleged offence, confirmed that the accused would be making that claim.
"Clearly she will be saying she never caused any harm to her daughter and she herself was physically and mentally powerless to protect her in the situation she found herself," said Bronwen Waldron.
I find it hard to believe that any mother could do absolutely NOTHING whilst her poor defenceless 4 month old baby is being bashed to death.
You mean to tell me she couldn't go out screaming into the street during the bashing?
She couldn't run to a neighbours for help?
She couldn't call the police?
Since the mother will be claiming (in her defence in court) that she never caused any harm to her daughter, and no-one else apart from the father has been charged, the only conclusion is that the mother will be blaming the father for Ebony's death. A child doesn't get those sort of injuries just sleeping in a cot. They are caused by a person.
How the charges can be downgraded to criminal neglect for both of them is beyond me. Surely one would have to be charged with at least, manslaughter, and the other with criminal neglect. However, I'm not a legal person so I presume the prosecution will know what it's doing.
I hate hearing of stories involving kids being bashed and killed by their ill-prepared too young parents. I'm amazed in this day and age that unplanned pregnancies still happen so often. Does it take THAT MUCH to stick on a condom or get on the pill?
I don't know whether this poor baby was planned or accidental. But there has to be something we can do to stop ill prepared and immature people having a baby (babies). In this case, forced adoption would have been a much better case - even though the civil libertarians would have a field day with this.
I hope whoever bashed and killed this poor soul suffers the same treatment in jail. No loss to society - just gets rid of one more scumbag.
The father of the above baby has pleaded guilty to criminal neglect in relation to his daughters death. Let's hope this prick gets what he deserves in jail. It's times like this that we really Sharia Law - An eye for an eye and a death for a death!
The father of the baby has now confessed to the crime, and changed his plea to guilty. If I were the presiding judge, I would add another 3 years onto his sentence for this outright lie. If he did the 'right thing' back two years ago, and manned up to his guilt, it would have been easier on all concerned (and cost the taxpayer a lot less money). If he gets bashed in prison and dies, it's no loss to society. We don't need scumbags like this being released in 15 or 20 years.
The mother of poor 4 months old baby Ebony gives evidence in court as to how the father enjoyed hitting the child prior to the baby's death. Naturally, the mother tries not to implicate herself too much saying her boyfriend would have killed her if she told the authorities.
I just can't believe the violence inflicted on this poor little defenceless and innocent baby, particularly by the father. And what pisses me really off is the mother COULD HAVE GOT OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TO POLICE and possibly save the life of poor Ebony, but she did NOTHING. Her pathetic excuses don't ring of any truth with me.
These two are prime candidates for capital punishment in Australia. They will both need to be kept in strict protective custody in prison, as the other prisoners will be out to kill them. I have no problem with that.
As this case runs it's course and is nearly finished, the couple should re-appear in court sometime in January to find out their sentences. What still bugs me is the scumbag father has been found guilty of criminal neglect which has a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail!. How can bashing the life out of a poor defenseless baby be neglectful? I can understand criminal neglect happens when a person doesn't feed a baby properly or doesn't take care of it as it should, but deliberately bashing a poor baby to death is, to me, a little more serious than criminal neglect. I would have thought that a murder would be more a appropriate. I'm sure it wouldn't have been pre-meditated, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that bashing a few month old baby is going to do harm to it. And still too, this scumbag remains hidden in anonymity because of our pathetic laws regarding minors. And since the mother was under 18 at the time of the offence, the father can't be named. Nor can she. Damned disgusting. The scumbag father will go to jail for 15 years I'm sure, where he'll be put into protective custody, which'll be a damn shame as I'm sure he would've received a good bashing himself in prison. Which I don't think any decent member of the public would be too worried about.
Once again, a poor baby or child suffers at the hands of parents who are hopelessly young and ill prepared to handle the responsibilities of parenthood. To this end, I don't think the baby bonus has been helpful at all. I realise there must be other young parents out there that, through accident, find themselves pregnant, and champion on to be great parents. But come on guys. With birth control and other information being so easily available, there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever, to get 'accidentally' pregnant. I would rather see the State take a baby from ill prepared parents and adopt it out rather than the poor mite suffer as poor baby Ebony did. Tough ? yes, but I'd rather have seen baby Ebony in a loving home rather than the one she was in!