CanadaB.C. mother who smothered daughter must wait 15 years before applying for parole
How this Caledon mother found a home for her daughter with a disability
A partnership between Raising the Roof and organizations in communities across Ontario tackles the lack of affordable housing for vulnerable people. Raising the Roof's new Reside program partners with organizations across the province to address specific needs in each community. © Lisa Xing/CBC Gabi Franks, 30, will be living on her own for the first time come November. In Caledon, Ont., the house will eventually be shared by three people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Gabi, and a live-in support worker.
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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A British Columbia mother found guilty of the second-degree murder of her eight-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years.
Justice Catherine Murray says Lisa Batstone planned to smother her daughter Teagan before killing herself on Dec. 10, 2014, but she could not follow through with the suicide.
Murderer on the lam fled twice before, parole board documents show
A convicted murderer who failed to return to a halfway house in Moncton last week fled while on unescorted leave from prison twice before, documents show.
She says Batstone did not want the girl to be with her father, Gabe Batstone, after her suicide and therefore killing her daughter was a selfish act intended to hurt her ex-husband.
Murray says although Lisa Batstone was likely suffering from depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder at the time, her mental issues did not significantly mitigate her moral culpability.
The judge also says Batstone left notes in her home blaming her ex-husband for the murder and she told several lies to psychiatrists because she hoped to be found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.
Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, but the Crown requested 16 to 18 years without eligibility for parole, while the defence asked for 10.
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A woman who convinced her boyfriend to kill his teenage ex more than a decade ago showed a lack of commitment to rehabilitation when she purposely hid two romantic relationships while living in a halfway house, the Parole Board of Canada said Tuesday. The board revoked Melissa Todorovic's day parole last month after finding she had breached one of the conditions of her release, which required her to disclose any romantic or platonic relationships. The one-member panel released its reasons Tuesday, saying Todorovic's "purposeful and calculated" deception meant she posed an undue risk to the public and could no longer be managed in the community.
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