Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Violent dad murders 4-week-old son during unsupervised visitation (Australia)

UNNAMED DAD in this article, but we've posted on this case before.

Alarm bells before infant fatally bashed

The father was 15 when he attacked his four-week-old son.

A parliamentary committee has questioned why a teenage father who had a convictions for violent offences was allowed unsupervised access to his premature infant son, who he fatally bashed.

The father was aged 15 and a ward of the state himself when he attacked his four-week-old son while visiting him at Bunbury Regional Hospital in February last year.

He was in March this year sentenced to 10 years in detention after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Department for Child Protection and Family Support director-general Emma White was asked at a hearing on Wednesday about "alarm bells" involving the teenager, including his substance abuse and criminal convictions involving violence.

"There was no evidence that he'd harmed a child," she said. "We had nothing to suggest those vulnerabilities would result in the tragic situation."