Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mother blamed for "failing" to stop violent father from murdering 12-week-old daughter (United Kingdom)

Most of the time these pious, moralistic sermons thundered at mothers who "failed to protect" their babies from violent, murderous, fathers are nothing but 100% bullsh**.

The authorities admit that the self-confessed killer was "violent, volatile, and short-tempered" and yet somehow, a 19-year-old young woman was supposed to be strong enough to stop him in his tracks? And what if she had called the cops on him for abusing her or the baby? Chances are he would have either not been arrested or set loose on bail in no time--and angrier or more vengeful than ever. Maybe a useless social worker would have got involved.  If she had left him, chances are he would get unsupervised visitation (if not custody) of the baby.

And notice that in all this finger pointing, there is NOT EVEN ONE suggestion of what she "could have done." Very telling....Just an old-fashioned plea that a "real" mother does whatever it takes, "no matter what the consequences to herself." Very pretty sentiment indeed. But if you're dead or knocked unconscious by the killer, it's not of much help, is it?

Dad is identified as TYLER VALLANCE.


Baby Isabella Vallance died after mother failed to protect her from violent father, court told

Jun 24, 2014 15:47

By Birmingham Mail

Prosecutors allege 12-week-old suffered nine broken ribs and a brain injury in two separate attacks by Tyler Vallance A baby died after suffering multiple fractures and a brain injury at the hands of her violent father after her mother failed to protect her, a court has heard.

Jessica Wiggins, 19, is alleged to have allowed her partner, Tyler Vallance, to carry out two separate assaults which left 12-week-old Isabella Vallance with nine broken ribs.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court was told that Isabella died in hospital five days after being found apparently lifeless at her parents' flat in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Tyler Vallance, 21, is not facing trial after admitting the unlawful killing of Isabella, who died on December 12, 2012.

Opening the Crown's case against Wiggins, prosecutor Christopher Hotten QC alleged that Isabella was first attacked around a month before her death.

Mr Hotten told jurors Isabella was taken to hospital from her parents' home in Stanley Close, Redditch, on December 7 after a 999 call made by Wiggins at 12.40pm.

During the call, which was played to the jury, a distraught Wiggins was given instructions on how to attempt to revive her daughter, who appeared to have stopped breathing.

The court heard Isabella died of a head injury after being transferred from Redditch's Alexandra Hospital to the paediatric intensive care unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

A post-mortem examination showed the infant had multiple retinal haemorrhages likely to be the result of an inflicted brain injury. Explaining medical professionals' findings, Mr Hotten told the jury: "It was the view of these experts that Isabella had sustained injury on at least two separate occasions - distinct but similar incidents."

The first incident, occurring approximately three to four weeks prior to death, had caused sub-dural bleeding and eight rib fractures, the court heard.

Meanwhile, the medical experts took the view that the second set of injuries, including a ninth broken rib, and fractures to the left thigh and right leg, happened between four and six days before death.

"The presence of those injuries suggests or implies the use of significant force," said Mr Hotten, who claimed the mechanism of injury was likely to have been shaking or impact, or a combination of both.

Alleging that Tyler Vallance was responsible for causing Isabella's apparent collapse on December 7, Mr Hotten told jurors Wiggins was facing trial because she knew her partner posed a danger to her child.

The lawyer told the court: "She knew her partner, with whom she lived, was a violent, volatile and short-tempered man who posed a serious risk of significant harm to Isabella but she did nothing to protect her daughter with fatal consequences."

Mr Hotten, who said it was the first duty of a mother to protect her child whatever the consequences for herself, added: "The essence of what the prosecution allege is that Jessica was aware of the significant risk ... that Tyler presented to Isabella.

"She failed to protect Isabella in relation to the earlier separate injuries. We say that she must have known something was wrong with Isabella as a result of the earlier assault."

Wiggins denies causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty alleged to have taken place between October 5 and December 8, 2012.